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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. (CT) at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes have won four of their last five and seven of their last 11 games.
All tickets and hot dogs for Tuesday’s game are only $2 each.
Iowa posted its third series win over a ranked opponent and fourth straight series win overall last weekend in Iowa City, taking two of three games from No. 30 Nebraska. The Hawkeyes are 23-15 overall and 9-6 in Big Ten play to sit in fourth place in the league standings.
Milwaukee has won six of its last seven games, including taking two of three contests from Wright State on April 19-20 in Milwaukee. The Panthers are 22-14 overall and 10-7 in the Horizon League — one game behind UIC for the league lead.
The Hawkeyes will send freshman Duncan Davitt to the mound for his fourth start. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 12 appearances, where he has allowed 27 hits, 21 runs (15 earned) and struck out 33 over 28 1/3 innings.
The Panthers will counter with senior Jared Reklaitis, who is 4-4 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 appearances (10 starts). The right-hander has allowed 78 hits and 53 runs over 58 1/3 innings, where opponents are hitting .325.
Milwaukee is hitting .297 as a team to rank 29th nationally and the Panthers rank 22nd in scoring (7.6 runs per game) and 36th in runs (272). Four players are hitting over .335 with Trevor Schwecke leading the team with a .376 average with 50 hits, 40 runs, 12 doubles, and 34 RBIs.
The Panthers’ pitching staff has a 5.26 team ERA, allowing 347 hits over 315 innings. The staff has struck out 270, but has issued 161 walks and allowed opposing hitters to post a .283 average.
Iowa is coming off a weekend where it hit .296 and scored 22 runs in its series win over Nebraska. Senior Chris Whelan hit a team-best .545 during the three-game set with five runs and two RBIs, while sophomore Izaya Fullard hit .385 with a home run and four RBIs.
Tuesday’s game will be streamed online on BTN Plus on BTN2Go. The game will also be available on the Hawkeye Radio Network with Zach Mackey and Steve Duncan on the call.
The Hawkeyes return to Big Ten play Friday, opening a three-game series at Ohio State beginning at 5:35 p.m. (CT). Sunday’s game time has been moved up to an 11:05 a.m. start to accommodate Iowa’s travel schedule.