|MATCHUP||Indiana (25-27, 10-11) at Iowa (30-17, 14-7)|
|LOCATION||Duane Banks Field | Iowa City, Iowa|
|DATE||May 19-21, 2022|
|LISTEN||Hawkeye Radio Network | The Varsity Network|
|LIVE STATS||Live Stats|
|Game 1 | May 19 | 6:05 p.m. (CT)||UI: RHP Adam Mazur (7-2, 2.18 ERA)
IU: RHP Braydon Tucker (1-3, 6.25 ERA)
|Game 2 | May 20 | 6:05 p.m. (CT)||UI: RHP Dylan Nedved (5-2, 3.90 ERA)
IU: RHP Jack Perkins (3-2, 4.75 ERA)
|Game 3 | May 21 | 8:02 p.m. (CT)||UI: RHP Ty Langenberg (5-2, 3.96 ERA)
The University of Iowa baseball team will host Indiana in the final series of the regular season from Thursday through Saturday at Duane Banks Field. Thursday and Friday’s games will begin at 6:05 p.m. (CT) followed by an 8:02 p.m. start on Saturday. The Hawkeyes will recognize their senior class prior to Saturday’s contest.
• Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and younger). University of Iowa students get in free of charge with a valid UI ID.
• This series is alumni weekend and Iowa will recognize the 1972 College World Series team prior to Friday’s game. The 2022 season marks the 50-year anniversary of the CWS appearance.
• Thursday – Script t-shirt giveaway to first 100 fans.
• Friday – In addition to the 1972 team’s pregame recognition, there will be postgame fireworks.
• Saturday – Senior Night recognition
• Thursday and Friday’s game will be streamed on BTN+.
• Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with John Schriffen and Danan Hughes on the call.
• All three games will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network with Zach Mackey on the call. Fans can access the stream free by downloading The Varsity Network app.
• All games can be heard on the radio on 800 AM KXIC (Iowa City), 1360 AM KMJM (Cedar Rapids), 95.9 FM KKFD (Fairfield) and 101.1 FM & 1220 AM KJAN (Atlantic).
• Live stats will be available on hawkeyesports.com and live updates will be available on Twitter (@UIBaseball).
The Hawkeyes will recognize nine senior student-athletes and seven managers prior to Saturday’s game.
• The student-athletes include: Cam Baumann, Ben Beutel, Duncan Davitt, Brayden Frazier, Izaya Fullard, Brett McCleary, Dylan Nedved, Connor Schultz and Brendan Sher.
• The managers include: Carsen Kallenberger, Austin Marchesani, Bryce Melton, Bailey Raso, Creighton Rudolph, Luke Statler and Andrew Sumner.
• The Hawkeyes have won 14 of their last 19 games, 17 of 24 and 24 of 34 games dating back to March 13 to improve to 30-17 overall. Iowa won a season-best seven consecutive games from April 12-23.
• Iowa is 14-7 in the Big Ten, sitting in a tie for third place in the league standings — two games out of first place. The Hawkeyes have won five straight and seven of their last eight series, including four road series.
• The Hawkeyes have clinched a spot in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Omaha for the seventh time in the Rick Heller era.
• Iowa has won 30 or more games in each of Heller’s seven “non-COVID” seasons in Iowa City.
• The Hawkeyes have won their last eight series openers dating back to March 25 against Central Michigan.
• Peyton Williams hit for the cycle against Bradley on April 19, finishing 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, home run, five RBIs and four runs scored. It is the first cycle by a Hawkeye since Lorenzo Elion in 2018. The five hits tied a single-game school record (last set by Elion) and his five RBIs and four runs scored were career highs.
• The Hawkeyes’ pitching staff broke the program’s single season strikeouts record on May 8 against Purdue. Iowa has 534 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 499 set in 2018.
• During his last six starts, Friday starter Adam Mazur is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA. He has allowed seven runs (five earned) on 26 hits over 46 2/3 innings with 47 strikeouts to seven walks. Mazur is ranked as the No. 24-best prospect by The Athletic for the 2022 MLB Draft.
• The Hawkeyes have overcome deficits in 17 games this season. Iowa is 12-5 in such contests.
• Iowa’s pitching staff has been remarkable during the 2022 season, allowing just 306 hits and fanning 534 over 419 1/3 innings, while limiting hitters to a .203 average.
• The pitching staff leads the Big Ten in seven categories — ERA (3.46), strikeouts (534), fewest hits allowed (306), fewest runs allowed (201), fewest earned runs allowed (161) and batting average against (.203) and shutouts (4). In league games, Iowa is leading the league in six categories, including ERA (3.16), batting average against (.212) and strikeouts (208). The team’s 3.16 ERA in league games is nearly two runs better than second-place Rutgers (4.98).
• Iowa is second in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (11.5) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.57), while ranking eighth in ERA (3.46) and 10th in WHIP (1.24).
• Heller won his 250th game as Iowa’s head coach in the Hawkeyes’ 6-5 victory over St. Thomas on March 21 and his 950th game on April 17 against Minnesota. Heller is third all-time on the program’s career wins list.
• Twenty of Iowa’s 43 games have been decided by two runs or fewer. The Hawkeyes are 11-9 in such contests.
• Iowa has had eight games canceled/altered because of weather this season. The Hawkeyes have played three doubleheaders (splitting all three).
• Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams is currently riding a career-long 27 game on-base streak.
• Iowa’s offense hit a season weekend best .324 in the series win at Michigan State. The Hawkeyes scored 25 runs — the most during a weekend since Week 1. The offense had more walks (16) than strikeouts (15) in the three games.
• The Hawkeyes have used six different starting pitchers in their weekend rotation during the first 13 weeks of the season.
• Iowa has scored 10 or more runs in nine games this season. The Hawkeyes have 18 games with 10 or more hits with 12 coming since April 9. The team had 10 or more hits in all three games at Michigan State.
• Iowa’s pitching staff has allowed three runs or fewer in 28 of its 47 games and five or fewer hits in 21 contests.
• The Hawkeyes have played errorless baseball in 18 games this season. Iowa is 17-1 in such contests. The team didn’t commit an error in a stretch of five games from April 16-23.
• Head coach Rick Heller is 32-33 against ranked opponents during his Hawkeye tenure. Iowa has posted at least one win over a ranked foe in each of the last eight seasons.
• Iowa won two of three games at Michigan from April 2-4. It was the program’s first road series win in Ann Arbor since 2015.
• The Hawkeyes were picked as an NCAA Regional team by D1Baseball.com and Baseball America in 2022 and are tabbed to finish in the top four of the Big Ten standings. Mazur is a preseason All-Big Ten selection by Perfect Game, while RHP Marcus Morgan was tabbed as D1Baseball’s Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
• Senior Dylan Nedved and redshirt sophomores Adam Mazur and Peyton Williams were named Big Ten Players to Watch. The Hawkeyes were picked to finish third in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
• Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams will play with the Cotuit Kettleers in June in the Cape Cod League.
• Iowa’s 2022 newcomer class (transfers and freshman) is rated as the 23rd-best recruiting class in the country by D1Baseball.com.
• The Hawkeyes have posted nine consecutive winning seasons under head coach Rick Heller. For perspective, the program had just two winning seasons from 1997-2013 and five from 1990-2013.
• Since Heller took over the program in 2014, only three schools — Iowa, Indiana and Michigan — have qualified for the Big Ten Tournament each season it has been contested. (There was no tournament in 2020 or 2021 because of COVID.)
THE NORM — 3-0
The Hawkeyes posted their 30th victory of the season in the 12-2 victory at Michigan State on May 14. It is the seventh time in the Rick Heller era that the program has won 30 or more games. Iowa has had 30 or more wins in each of the “normal” seasons under Heller (2020 and 2021 were altered because of the pandemic).
K-ING A SCHOOL RECORD
The Hawkeye pitching staff fanned 12 batters against Purdue on May 8 to break the program’s single season strikeout record. Iowa now has 534 strikeouts this season, breaking the previous mark of 499 that was set in 2018.
• Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur has 89 strikeouts this season, which are sixth-most in a single season all-time. He is seven strikeouts away from moving into third place in the record books.
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams hit for the cycle in Iowa’s 15-8 midweek win over Bradley on April 19. The Johnston, Iowa, native doubled in the first, singled in the third, homered in the fourth — a 410 foot blast with a 112 mph exit velocity — was hit by a pitch in the sixth, doubled again in the seventh and tripled down the right field line in the eighth.
• Williams tied a school record with his five hits and his five RBIs and four runs scored were career-highs.
• The cycle was the first for a Hawkeye since Lorenzo Elion in 2018. Williams is the third player at Iowa to hit for the cycle under head coach Rick Heller (Mason McCoy).
Redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony is third in the Big Ten with 20 doubles, which rank 24th nationally. The doubles total are the most by a Hawkeye since 2018 and are tied for the second most all-time with Tyler Cropley and Bill Heinz. John Knapp holds the school record with 24 doubles, set in 1986.
• Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams has 17 doubles, which are tied for the 13th most in a single season all-time.
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams and redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony have combined for 23 home runs this season. They are the most by a Hawkeye duo since Jake Adams (29) and Robert Neustrom (9) hit 38 in 2017.
• It is the first time since 1990 that Iowa has had multiple players with double-digit home run totals. The Hawkeyes had three players — Tim Costo (16), Keith Noreen (12) and Chris Hatcher (11) — finish in double digits in homers during the Big Ten title season.
MAKE IT 10
The Hawkeyes were awarded their ninth and 10th Big Ten weekly honors of the season on May 11 when Ty Langeberg was tabbed as the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week and Keaton Anthony earned his record fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor.
• Langenberg shared the honor after tossing a career-long seven innings in Iowa’s series-clinching victory over Purdue on May 8. The Urbandale, Iowa, native scattered five hits and allowed just one run while fanning seven en route to his fifth victory.
• Anthony earned his fifth weekly honor after slashing .400/.867/.500 with a 1.367 OPS in four games during the week. He hit safely in all four contests, posting two multi-hit games, homering twice, driving in seven and scoring five times.
• The 10 weekly honors are the most in a single season in program history.
NEDVED REJOINS ROTATION
Redshirt senior Dylan Nedved will rejoin the rotation as the Game 2 starter this week against Indiana. It will be Nedved’s fifth start and first since April 9 against Illinois.
• In four starts, Nedved is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits over 22 innings. He has 21 strikeouts to 10 walks. The right-hander posted wins over Michigan and Illinois in consecutive Friday starts, posting a 2.25 ERA.
• Nedved has been a multi-role pitcher for the Hawkeyes, pitching both as a starter, long reliever and closer. He is 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 12 relief appearances this season with three saves. He has allowed 24 hits over 35 2/3 innings with a 41-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
• Nedved, who was named to the preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, has 12 career saves as a Hawkeye, which are tied for the eighth most in program history.
• On the year, Nedved is 5-2 with a 3.90 ERA in 16 appearances. He has allowed 39 hits over 57 2/3 innings with 62 strikeouts to 24 walks.
• He is leading the Big Ten in fewest hits allowed (39), while ranking fourth in batting average against (.198), sixth in fewest runs (27), tied for eighth in fewest earned runs (25), tied for ninth in strikeouts looking (19) and 10th in ERA (3.90).
• In league only games, Nedved ranks in the top 10 in eight categories, being tied for third in wins (4), tied for fourth in saves (3) and fewest runs allowed (12), fifth in ERA (3.21), tied for sixth in fewest earned runs (12), eighth in batting average against (.212) and fewest runs allowed (12) and tied for ninth in strikeouts looking (11).
RANKED OPPONENTS; RANKED WINS
Iowa is 3-2 against ranked foes this season, going 1-1 against No. 12 Texas Tech on March 20 in Iowa City and 2-1 at No. 8 Rutgers on April 22-24.
• The team’s road win over the Scarlet Knights was its first over a top 10 ranked team since 2018 (No. 7 Michigan) and its first road series win over a ranked foe since 2019 (No. 19 Oklahoma State).
• Head coach Rick Heller has defeated at least one ranked foe in each season as Iowa’s head coach.
IOWA’S BIG BASHER
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams has hit safely in all but 11 games this season and he has 18 multi-hit games, which are second-most on the team, including one five hit and three four-hit contests.
• Williams went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer at San Diego State on March 15 and he had a career game April 19 against Bradley, finishing 5-for-5 with five RBIs and four runs scored. He became the first Hawkeye to hit for the cycle since 2018, which led to him being named the Big Ten Player of the Week on April 27.
• On the year, Williams is hitting .367 (65-of-177) with 49 runs and 37 RBIs. The Johnston, Iowa, native has 31 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs — the most by a Hawkeye since 2017.
• The Hawkeye slugger has 32 walks and just 28 strikeouts in 177 at-bats.
• Williams is third in the Big Ten in OPS (1.178), fourth in slugging percentage (.689), fifth in OBP (.489), tied for fifth in doubles (17), sixth in batting average (.367) and 10th in home runs (12).
• Williams is leading the team lead with 12 home runs, including a 422-foot blast with a 110 mph exit velocity against Washington State at the Frisco Classic and a 410 foot shot with a 112 mph exit velocity against Bradley. His 10th homer at Nebraska left the stadium at Haymarket Park.
• Williams hit his 11th and 12th homers in consecutive games at Michigan State on May 14-15. It was the second time this season he has homered in consecutive contests (April 9-10 vs. Illinois).
OUR GEORGIA PEACH
Redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony is posting impressive numbers in his first season of collegiate baseball. The outfielder, who has been honored a school record five times as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week this season, is hitting .360 (62-of-172) with 20 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
• The Georgia native has hit safely in 37 games and reached safely in 42 contests this season. He has 20 multi-hit games, which are leading the team.
• Anthony is third in the Big Ten in doubles (20) — a figure that ranks 24th nationally — while ranking sixth in OPS (1.110), seventh in slugging (.669) and batting average (.360).
• Nine of Anthony’s 11 home runs have come in his last 17 games. He hit a three-run blast in Iowa’s 16-2 road win at Milwaukee on April 12, hit a two-run homer in the series opener against Minnesota (4/15) and homered in back-to-back games in the series win over Purdue (5/7-8).
• He connected on his 11th homer — a grand slam — in the series finale at Michigan State. His 11 home runs are the most by a Hawkeye freshman since Brad Carlson hit 21 in 1999.
• Anthony had a career day in his third career game in Iowa’s 11-1 victory over Ball State on Feb. 19, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two home runs, four runs and five RBIs.
• Anthony has earned five Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors — Feb. 23, March 16, April 5, April 19 and May 11. They are the most weekly honors in a single season in program history (Jake Adams earned three Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2017).
MAZUR ON THE MOUND
Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur is Iowa’s staff ace, posting a 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 89 strikeouts over 86 2/3 innings. He has seven or more strikeouts in seven starts.
• The right-hander started the first six weeks on Friday before making two Saturday starts. Mazur returned to Friday on April 15 against Minnesota.
• Mazur has seven consecutive quality starts dating back to April 2 and nine quality starts this season.
• Mazur is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA with 47 strikeouts to seven walks over his last six starts. He has logged 46 2/3 innings in the six outings.
• Mazur pitched 24 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings against Rutgers, Nebraska and Purdue. It was the longest stretch by a Hawkeye since Tyler Peyton’s 26 1/3 shutout frames during the 2016 season.
• In Big Ten play, Mazur is 5-1 with a conference-best 1.17 ERA, striking out 51 in 53 2/3 innings. He has allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 29 hits.
• He posted his sixth straight quality start against Purdue, allowing two runs on five hits over 8 2/3 innings. Mazur surrendered a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth. He followed it up with seven shutout innings, scattering four hits and fanning seven in a road win at Michigan State on May 13.
• Mazur was marvelous at Nebraska on April 29, tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout in a 1-0 victory. He fanned six and walked two in the first complete game shutout since Peyton in 2016 (vs. Penn State).
• It came on the heels of back-to-back starts where he went eight innings in wins over Minnesota (April 15) and at No. 8 Rutgers (April 22). He allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and fanned 11 (without walking a batter) against the Gophers and he retired 21 of the final 24 batters he faced.
• He followed it up with another eight-inning outing at No. 8 Rutgers, allowing one run on six hits and fanning 11 without walking a batter in a 4-1 victory.
• Mazur was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 23 and March 2. He is the first Hawkeye pitcher to earn the distinction in consecutive weeks.
• The right-hander went six innings, allowing one run — a solo home run — over six innings in his debut against Air Force before retiring the final 16 batters he faced on Feb. 18.
• He logged 7 2/3 innings against Pepperdine on Feb. 25, allowing zero runs on three hits and fanning nine. He retired 10 straight at one point in the contest.
• Mazur carried a no-hitter into the sixth against Wichita State on March 4 (before taking a line drive off the hip) and he retired 15 straight batters at one point.
• Mazur has four streaks of 10 or more consecutive batters retired this season.
• Mazur has five games this season where he has fanned nine or more batters (9 vs. Air Force, 9 vs. Pepperdine, 9 vs. Illinois, 11 vs. Minnesota, 11 at No. 8 Rutgers).
• The Minnesota native is in the top seven in the Big Ten in nine categories, which includes leading the league in ERA (2.18), innings (86.2) and batting average against (.155). He is third in strikeouts (89), tied for third in wins (7), fourth in fewest earned runs allowed (21), fifth in fewest runs allowed (26), seventh in fewest hits allowed (47) and tied for seventh in strikeouts looking (20).
• In league games, Mazur is tops in the Big Ten in six categories — ERA (1.17), innings (53.2), wins (5), batting average against (.156), fewest runs (9) and earned runs allowed (7). He is also third in strikeouts (51) and tied for fourth in strikeouts looking (13) and 10th in fewest walks (10).
• Mazur is second nationally, allowing just 4.88 hits per nine innings, his 0.83 WHIP ranks fifth and his ERA (2.18) is 22nd.
SCHULTZ STIFFLES RU
Graduate student Connor Schultz dissected No. 8 Rutgers in his April 23 start, scattering two hits, walking one and fanning six over eight shutout innings. He retired 24 of the 27 batters he faced and needed just 85 pitches to shut down the high-powered Scarlet Knight offense. Schultz earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors on April 27 for his efforts.
Sophomore Ty Langenberg has settled into weekend rotation as Iowa’s Sunday starter. He has made 10 straight Sunday starts. The Urbandale, Iowa, native is 5-2 with a 3.96 ERA, giving up just 25 runs on 53 hits over 52 1/3 innings. Langenberg has 65 strikeouts to 16 walks on the year.
• Langenberg earned his fifth win, tossing a career-long seven innings in the series-clinching win over Purdue on May 8. He allowed one run on five hits and fanned seven en route to being named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 11.
• Langenberg’s fourth win came after tossing 5 2/3 shutout innings at Michigan on April 3. He scattered five hits and had a career-high 11 strikeouts.
• He had 34 strikeouts (10 vs. Texas Tech, 7 vs. Central Michigan, 11 at Michigan, 6 vs. Illinois) in four starts from March 20-April 10. He has eight or more Ks in three appearances this season.
ONE OF THE B1G’s BEST
The Hawkeye pitching staff has been superb this season as Iowa leads the Big Ten in ERA (3.46), strikeouts (534), batting average against (.203), fewest hits allowed (306), fewest runs allowed (201) and fewest earned runs allowed (161).
• The Hawkeyes have given up just 306 hits over 419 1/3 innings with just 85 going for extra bases.
• Iowa is second in the nation, striking out 11.5 batters, second in hits allowed per nine innings at 6.57, eighth in ERA (3.46) and 10th in WHIP (1.24).
• Iowa’s starting pitchers are 17-9 with a 3.84 ERA, fanning 237 over 208 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .213.
Iowa’s pitching staff has the top four strikeout games (and six of the top 10) in the Big Ten this season. The Hawkeyes fanned 22 in the 13-inning contest against Illinois on April 9, 20 against Ball State on Feb. 19 and 20 against San Diego State on March 15. The 22 punch outs are tied for the 10th-most in a single game in the nation this season.
• The Hawkeyes also fanned 19 on March 2 in an 8-0 victory over Cornell College and 17 against Bradley on April 6.
• Iowa has 10 or more strikeouts in 31 games this season, including eight games with 16 or more strikeouts.
• The Hawkeyes have 534 strikeouts over 47 games, which has broken the previous school record of 499, set in 2018.
• The Hawkeyes have allowed five or fewer hits in 21 games this season.
• Iowa posted a one-hitter against Air Force on Feb. 18 — the first for the program since 2019 (vs. Simpson, 7-2 win).
• Iowa has seven games, allowing three or fewer hits this season. The Hawkeyes have five games allowing two or fewer hits.
THE MEN IN RELIEF
• The Hawkeyes have seven different relievers that have tallied at least one save this season. Iowa is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 14 saves.
• Senior Ben Beutel tallied his third victory of the season, tossing 1 2/3 innings in relief against Michigan State on May 14. The southpaw is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in a team-high 25 appearances this season. Beutel has allowed five runs (four earned) on 14 hits over 25 innings where he has 32 strikeouts to two walks.
• Beutel hasn’t allowed a run in 21 of his 25 appearances and he has made multiple weekend appearances seven times this season. He saw action in all three games in the road series win at Michigan State (May 13-15).
• Freshman Brody Brecht has 25 strikeouts and has allowed just one earned run (on five hits) over his last 10 appearances, spanning 13 2/3 innings, giving him 44 Ks over 22 1/3 innings this season. He is 1-3 with a 2.42 ERA in 16 appearances and he has given up just one extra base hit.
• Redshirt junior Duncan Davitt is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 15 appearances as a swing reliever. He has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 22 hits and has 49 strikeouts (to nine walks) over 29 2/3 innings.
• Redshirt senior Cam Baumann has allowed one hit, fanned six and hasn’t allowed a run over his last three appearances. Baumann earned his first career save in the series-clinching road win at Michigan State.
• Iowa’s relievers are 13-8 with a 3.07 ERA this season, allowing 103 runs (72 earned) on 143 hits over 211 innings. The staff has 297 strikeouts to 129 walks and is limiting hitters to a .192 average.
Freshman RHP Brody Brecht had a blazing debut in his first career appearance at Duane Banks Field. The Ankeny, Iowa, native hit triple digits on his first three pitches, going 101, 101 and 100 in a 1-2-3 inning against Cornell College on March 2.
• Brecht has hit 100 or higher on the radar gun 31 times this season (in games where Trackman data is available).
SEEGS AT THE TOP
Since seeing his batting average dip to a season-low .242 on March 15, sophomore Michael Seegers has been one of the Hawkeyes’ most consistent hitters.
• In the 32 games since, the Wisconsin native is hitting .282 (37-of-131) with his 37 hits ranking third on the team. Seegers has driven in 21 and has scored 27 runs during the stretch. Iowa is 22-10 in the 32 contests.
• Seegers has hit safely in 23 of the 32 games with 12 multi-hit games, including a four-hit contest at Michigan on April 2 and a two-hit, four-RBI game on April 26 against Western Illinois where he hit his first career home run.
• Seegers is hitting .269 (52-of-193) with 25 RBIs and 36 runs scored as Iowa’s leadoff hitter. He has batted leadoff in all but three games this season. He has hit safely in 31 games and reached base safely in 38 contests.
• As good as Seegers has been offensively, he has been just as good defensively. The Hawkeye shortstop has just four errors in 46 games, where he has a .974 fielding percentage.
WELCOME BACK PATTY
Redshirt senior Izaya Fullard, a.k.a. Meat Patty, is hitting .323 (30-of-93) in the 25 games since returning to the starting lineup after missing the first six weeks of the season after breaking his hamate bone.
• The North Liberty, Iowa, native has hit safely in 17 of the 25 games with 11 multi-hit games and he has reached base in 24 of the 25 contests.
• Fullard went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs in the series-opening win at No. 8 Rutgers and he had a season-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the series finale.
• Fullard was the Iowa offense in a 1-0 victory at Nebraska, as he hit a solo home run in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference. It was his second blast of the year.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
• The Hawkeyes have scored 288 runs in 47 games, averaging 6.1 runs per contest. Iowa has nine games with 10 or more runs and 20 games with 10 or more hits.
• Iowa is 20-8 when scoring first this season and 24-8 when out-hitting its opponent.
• The team is 20-4 when scoring six or more runs this season.
• The Hawkeyes are outscoring opponents, 109-77, over the first three innings and 91-61 over the final three innings (including extras).
• Redshirt junior Brendan Sher is hitting .324 with five RBIs over his last nine games.
• Freshman Ben Wilmes has started six straight games, where he has driven in seven runs. The Johnston, Iowa, native batted leadoff in two of three games at Michigan State.
• Sophomore Cade Moss is hitting .538 (7-of-13) over his last five games. He hit safely in two of the three games against Purdue, including a 2-for-3 day with a double and RBI in the series finale. He had a career-high three hits, finishing 3-for-3 in the series-opening win at Michigan State on May 13.
Three Hawkeyes – Keaton Anthony, Peyton Williams and Dylan Nedved — were named to the Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team on March 6.
• Anthony hit .385 (5-of-13) in three games with three doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.
• Williams had a .333 (4-of-12) average with three extra base hits, including two home runs. The first baseman also made a key defensive play against Washington State, making a catch in foul territory before going into the stands. The play was a top-10 play for the week by D1Baseball.com.
• Nedved pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief against Texas A&M. He entered in the first inning with one out and the bases loaded and got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending double play. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs and fanned a career-high nine in the outing.
Iowa added a pair of Friday night starters to the 2022 roster as transfers in RHP Adam Mazur (South Dakota State) and RHP Connor Schultz (Butler).
• Mazur, who was tabbed as a first-team All-Big Ten selection by Perfect Game, went 3-9 with a 5.50 ERA in 16 starts in two seasons with the Jackrabbits. The Minnesota native had a breakout season in the Cape Cod League, going 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in six starts en route to Cape Cod All-League honors.
• Mazur is rated as the No. 89 player on MLB.com’s top-100 draft prospects, while being the No. 2 draft prospect in Big Ten and No. 61 nationally by D1Baseball.com.
• Schultz is a graduate pitcher from Butler University where he went 13-9 with a 3.79 ERA in four collegiate seasons. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native was a first-team All-Big East selection in 2019 and was the Big East Preseason Pitcher of the Year in 2020. Schultz battled hip injuries in each of the past two seasons.
• The Hoosiers are 25-27 overall and 10-11 in Big Ten play, sitting in a tie for sixth place. Indiana has won four straight series since getting swept at Rutgers from April 15-17.
• Indiana has a .283 batting average and the team scores 7.5 runs per game. The Hoosiers have four regulars hitting over .300 with Phillip Glasser leading the way with a .348 average. Josh Pyne has a team-best 50 RBIs and Matthew Ellis (17 homers) and Carter Mathison (16 homers) have combined for 33 of the team’s 66 blasts.
• Indiana has struggled on the mound, posting a 6.88 team ERA. Jack Perkins has started every weekend, where he is 3-2 with a 4.75 ERA. He has 77 strikeouts over 72 innings.
• The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series over Indiana, 83-78.
• The Hoosiers have won the last three series over Iowa, including taking two of three games last season. Iowa split a two-game set in Iowa City in 2018 when the Hoosiers were ranked 11th.
• Iowa’s last series win over the Hoosiers came in 2015 when it swept No. 19 Indiana in Iowa City.
Seniors Cam Baumann, Brett McCleary and Nedved, redshirt junior Brendan Sher and redshirt sophomores Brayden Frazier and Ty Snep were voted team captains for the 2022 season.
DON’T COUNT ‘EM OUT
The Hawkeyes have overcome deficits to win 74 games since the start of the 2017 season and posted 15 walk-offs. Thirty-four of those victories have come with Iowa trailing or being tied entering or through seven innings. Twenty have come in the final at-bat.
• Iowa has overcome deficits in 15 games this season, winning 11 of those contests.
30 WINS X 7
Since head coach Rick Heller’s first season in 2014, the Hawkeyes have reached the 30-win plateau in every “normal non-COVID affected” season. The program’s six consecutive year stretch was the lonest since posting seven straight 30-win seasons from 1979-85.
2015: 41-18 (2nd-most wins all-time)
2017: 39-22 (5th-most wins all-time)
2020: 10-5 (*pandemic shortened)
2021: 28-16 (*Big Ten-only schedule)
• The Hawkeyes are 118-40 at home since the start of the 2015 season.
• Iowa won 19 games in 2019, the third-most in a single-season in school history, trailing only the 22 wins in 1977 and 20 wins in 2018.
• Iowa has 17 walk-off victories at Duane Banks Field since the start of 2015.
• Head coach Rick Heller recorded his 900th career win against Grand View in a 15-2 victory on March 3, 2020, at Duane Banks Field. The Iowa native won his 950th career game on April 17, 2022, against Minnesota.
• Heller is one of nine coaches all-time to lead three different NCAA Division I teams to regional play.
• The Hawkeyes won 30 or more games in each of Heller’s six full seasons as the helm of the program. It’s a first for the team since winning 30 or more in seven straight seasons from 1979-85.
• Heller has led the Hawkeyes to two NCAA Regional appearances; the program had three regional appearances in its history prior to his arrival.
• Heller is third in school history in career wins with 270 at Iowa, including the second (41) and fifth-most (39) in school history.
• Heller led Iowa to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 2017 — the first conference title since 1990 — and he guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament title game in consecutive seasons. Iowa has advanced to the league tournament in six straight years for the first time in program history.
• Heller has coached at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection in six of his first eight seasons, and has 23 Major League Baseball Draft picks in eight seasons.
• Iowa had a school-record six All-Big Ten selections in 2015 and five in 2017. The Hawkeyes have had 26 All-Big Ten honorees in eight seasons under Heller.
• Iowa has posted winning streaks of nine games (in 2015) and eight games (in 2017) — the longest streaks for the program since 2012.
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