• Iowa finished the 2022 season with a 36-19 overall record — the eighth most wins in a single season in program history. The Hawkeyes 20 of 27, 23 of 32 and 30 of 42 games from March 13 to the end of the season, which included a season-best seven game winning streak from April 12-23.
• Iowa finished 17-7 in the Big Ten to tie for second in the regular season standings, the highest finish since 2015. The Hawkeyes won six straight series and eight of their last nine to close out the regular season, including four on the road. The 17 wins are the most in a non-COVID season since 2015 (19 wins).
• The Hawkeyes qualified for the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh time under head coach Rick Heller. Iowa is one of three teams (Iowa, Indiana, Michigan) to qualify for every Big Ten Tournament since 2014.
• Iowa won 30 or more games for the seventh time under Heller.
• The Hawkeyes joined the Collegiate Baseball rankings on May 23, coming in at No. 30. It was the first national ranking since the 2017 season.
• The Hawkeyes won nine consecutive series openers from March 25-May 19.
• Redshirt junior Adam Mazur earned two All-America honors — second-team distinction from Collegiate Baseball and third-team honors from ABCA/Rawlings.
• Two freshmen — Keaton Anthony and Brody Brecht — earned Freshman All-America honors. Anthony earned All-America distinction from Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and D1Baseball.com, while Brecht was honored by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.
• Mazur became the second straight Hawkeye to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors and Keaton Anthony became the second Iowa player to be named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
• Redshirt senior Ben Beutel became the second Hawkeye to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove, meaning Beutel was the top defensive pitcher in Division I baseball.
• Iowa had four All-Big Ten selections — first-teamers in Mazur and Peyton Williams and second-teamers Anthony and Ben Beutel — along with two Big Ten All-Freshman team honorees (Anthony, Brody Brecht).
• Kyle Huckstorf was selected as the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week, Dick Howser Trophy National Co-Hitter of the Week and Big Ten Co-Player of the Week after going 6-for-7 with three home runs and 12 RBIs on May 19 against Indiana. He broke the Big Ten single-game RBIs record and tied the league’s single game hits record.
• Iowa earned a program record 13 Big Ten weekly honors during the season. Anthony had a record six Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
• The Hawkeyes’ pitching staff broke the program’s single season strikeouts record in its 44th game of the season May 8 against Purdue. Iowa finished the year with 609 strikeouts, shattering the previous mark of 499 set in 2018 (in 53 games).
• The Hawkeyes overcame deficits in 20 games this season. Iowa finished 15-5 in such contests.
• Iowa’s pitching staff was remarkable in 2022, allowing just 374 hits and fanning 609 over 489 1/3 innings, while limiting hitters to a .210 average. The Hawkeyes ranked second nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (6.88), third in strikeouts per nine innings (11.2), fourth in ERA (3.72) and 11th in WHIP (1.29).
• Iowa’s pitching staff led the Big Ten in ERA (3.72), shutouts (5), strikeouts (609), fewest hits allowed (374), fewest runs allowed (246), fewest earned runs (202) and batting average against (.210), while ranking fourth in saves (16).
IOWA ADVANCES TO B1G SEMIFINALS
The Hawkeyes qualified for the Big Ten Tournament for the seventh time under head coach Rick Heller and advanced to the semifinals for a third time.
• After falling in its opening game, Iowa reeled off wins over Penn State, Purdue and Michigan to reach the semifinals. The Hawkeyes became the first team to win two games on the same day before bowing out to the Wolverines in an “if necessary” game.
• Two players — senior Izaya Fullard and redshirt sophomore Kyle Huckstorf — were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur had a breakout season in his lone season as a Hawkeye, going 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 starts. The right-hander allowed just 60 hits, 37 runs (32 earned) and fanned 98 over 93 2/3 innings.
• Mazur became the ninth Hawkeye to garner All-America honors under Rick Heller, earning second-team distinction from Collegiate Baseball and third-team honors from ABCA/Rawlings.
• It was the second straight year a Hawkeye pitcher earned All-America honors (Trenton Wallace, 2021).
Two Hawkeye freshmen — Keaton Anthony and Brody Brecht — garnered Freshman All-America honors. It was the first time since 2017 that multiple Iowa newcomers garnered freshman All-America distinction.
• Both players were honored by Collegiate Baseball. Anthony earned an additional honor from the NCBWA and D1Baseball.com, while Brecht was honored by Perfect Game.
Redshirt senior Ben Beutel was honored as the best defensive pitcher in Division I baseball, earning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2022.
• The Davenport, Iowa, native stifled the opposition’s running game, finishing with nine pickoffs in 29 appearances. He was 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA with four saves during his final season.
• Beutel is the second Hawkeye to earn the Rawlings Gold Glove, joining Trevor Willis in 2011.
4 ALL-REGION SELECTIONS
Four Hawkeyes earned ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region honors for the 2022 season.
• Adam Mazur was a first-team all-region honoree, while Peyton Williams, Keaton Anthony and Ben Beutel all earned second-team honors.
5 HAWKEYES ON TO MLB
The Hawkeyes had four players selected in the 2022 Major League Draft — the most for the program since 2018. Iowa also had a fifth player sign as an undrafted free agent.
• Iowa’s three top 10 round picks are the most in a single draft in program history.
• Adam Mazur became Iowa’s highest draft pick since 1990 when he was selected with the 53rd pick in the second round by the San Diego Padres. He was the highest picked Hawkeye since Tim Costo in 1990.
• Peyton Williams was chosen in the seventh round (218th pick) by the Toronto Blue Jays.
• Dylan Nedved was picked in the ninth round (270th pick) by the San Diego Padres.
• Duncan Davitt was selected in the 18th round (554 pick) by the Tampa Bay Rays.
• Ben Beutel signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago White Sox.
• Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur became the second straight Hawkeye to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors. (Trenton Wallace, 2021). Mazur was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
• Keaton Anthony earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year, second-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors. Anthony is the program’s second Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining C.J. Thieleke in 1994.
• Peyton Williams earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and redshirt senior Ben Beutel was a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
• Brody Brecht joined Anthony on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. They were Iowa’s first honorees since 2011.
• Brendan Sher was Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
• Twenty-two of Iowa’s 55 games were decided by two runs or fewer. The Hawkeyes went 13-9 in such contests.
• Head coach Rick 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.
• The Hawkeyes had their best two offensive weeks in consecutive weeks to close out the regular season. Iowa hit .324 at Michigan State and scored 24 runs before following it up with a .348 average, hitting eight home runs and scoring 44 runs in the series sweep of Indiana.
• The Hawkeyes used six different starting pitchers in their weekend rotation. Four of the hurlers earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors at least once (Adam Mazur, Ty Langenberg, Connor Schultz, Dylan Nedved).
• Iowa scored 10 or more runs in 12 games. The Hawkeyes had 22 games with 10 or more hits with 16 coming from April 9 through the end of the season.
• Iowa’s pitching staff allowed three runs or fewer in 32 of its 55 games and five or fewer hits in 23 contests. The Hawkeyes had five shutouts to lead the Big Ten.
• The Hawkeyes played errorless baseball in 21 games this season. Iowa went 20-1 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.
• 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 was 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 “non-COVID” seasons under Heller (2020 and 2021 were altered because of the pandemic).
THAT’S NOT A MISPRINT
The Hawkeyes trailed 13-2 through four innings before putting up 28 runs in a 30-16 victory over Indiana on May 19.
• The 30 runs are the most for the program in a Big Ten game all-time and the second-most in a single season in program history (32 vs. Quincy, 1989).
• After trailing 13-2 to open the series, Iowa outscored Indiana, 44-4.
• The 30 run outburst was tied for the fourth-highest output this season in the NCAA (tied for the highest among Power 5 teams (TCU vs. Kansas).
HUCK = B1G RECORD
Redshirt sophomore Kyle Huckstorf had a game for the ages on May 19 against Indiana, finishing 6-for-7 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and four runs scored.
• He hit two three-run home runs in a10-run fourth before hitting a grand slam in the fifth to give Iowa a 16-14 lead. Huckstorf’s two-run single in the eighth was record-breaking.
• The 12 RBIs are an all-time Big Ten record and a single-game Iowa record. The six hits break the school record and ties a league record. They are the most by a Big Ten player since 2010.
• Huckstorf earned Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week, Dick Howser Trophy National Co-Hitter of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
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 in its 44th game of the season.
• Iowa finished the season with 609 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 499 that was set in 2018 in 53 games.
• Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur finished with 98 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings, which are the third-most in a single-season all-time.
The Hawkeyes posted their fifth shutout of the season when they blanked Indiana, 12-0, on May 20 to clinch the series win. The five shutouts are the most for the program since 2016, lead the Big Ten and are 17th nationally.
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 then 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 finished fourth in the Big Ten with 22 doubles, which ranked 34th nationally. The doubles total are the second-most in a single season in program history, trailing only John Knapp’s 24 doubles in 1986.
• Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams had 17 doubles, which tied for the 12th most in a single season all-time.
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams and redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony have combined for 27 home runs in 2022. They were 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 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.
LUCKY NO. 13
The Hawkeyes earned a program-record 13 Big Ten weekly honors during the 2022 season. Seven different players accounted for the 13 honors with redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony earning a record six Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
RANKED OPPONENTS; RANKED WINS
Iowa went 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.
Redshirt senior Dylan Nedved did a little bit of everything for the Hawkeye pitching staff during the 2022 season, serving as a starter, long reliever and closer during different parts of the season. The right-hander finished the year with a 6-2 record and a 3.47 ERA, allowing 51 hits, 33 runs (28 earned) and fanning 75 over 72 2/3 innings.
• In six starts, Nedved went 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA, allowing 16 runs on 23 hits over 34 innings. He had 31 strikeouts to 16 walks. The right-hander posted wins over Michigan and Illinois in consecutive Friday starts, posting a 2.25 ERA.
• In his final home start against Indiana, Nedved carried a no-hitter into the sixth to earn his sixth win. He allowed one hit over six innings and fanned six to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors on May 24. It was his second quality start of the season.
• As a reliever, Nedved went 3-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 13 relief appearances with three saves. He allowed 28 hits over 38 2/3 innings with a 44-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
• Nedved, who was named to the preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, finished his career with 12 saves, which tied for the eighth most in program history.
• Nedved ranked in the top eight in the Big Ten in seven categories, tying for third in appearances (20), tied for fifth in fewest hits allowed (51), sixth in batting average against (.202), tied for sixth in fewest runs allowed (28), tied for seventh in fewest earned runs (28), eighth in ERA (3.47) and tied for eighth in wins (6).
• In league games, Nedved tied for first in wins (6), third in ERA (2.72), tied for third in fewest runs/earned runs (12/12), fourth in batting average against (.190), tied for fourth in saves (3) and tied for fifth in strikeouts looking (14).
IOWA’S BIG BASHER
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Williams hit safely in 38 games and he finished with 20 multi-hit games, which were second-most on the team.
• 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 hit .335 (70-of-209) with 55 runs and 41 RBIs. The Johnston, Iowa, native had 32 extra-base hits, including 17 doubles, two triples and 13 home runs to earn first-team All-Big Ten and ABCA/Rawlings Second-Team All-Midwest Region honors.
• Williams ranked in the top eight in the Big Ten in four categories, sitting seventh in OBP (.464), tied for seventh in hit by pitch (16) and eighth in slugging (.622) and OPS (1.086).
• Williams finished second on the team with 13 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 homered in consecutive contests (April 9-10 vs. Illinois).
OUR GEORGIA PEACH
Redshirt freshman Keaton Anthony had a breakout season in his first season of collegiate baseball. The outfielder, who was honored a school record six times as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, hit .361 (73-of-202) with 22 doubles, 14 home runs, 55 RBIs and 46 runs scored en route to Freshman All-America, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and second-team All-Big Ten and all-region honors.
• The Georgia native hit safely in 44 games and reached safely in 50 contests this season. He had a team-best 22 multi-hit games.
• Anthony ranked in the top 10 in five Big Ten categories, sitting third in slugging (.678) and OPS (1.183), tied for fourth in doubles (22), sixth in batting average (.361) and 10th in OBP (.455).
• In league games, Anthony tied for fourth in home runs (10), fifth in slugging (.768), tied for sixth in RBIs (30) and seventh in OPS (1.193).
• Twelve of Anthony’s 14 home runs came in his final 25 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 and he hit a blast in three straight games in the sweep of Indiana. His 14 home runs were 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 earned six Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors — Feb. 23, March 16, April 5, April 19, May 11, May 24. They were 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: THE ACE
Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur was Iowa’s staff ace, going 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA 98 strikeouts over 93 2/3 innings. Mazur had seven or more strikeouts in eight 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 had seven consecutive quality starts from April 2-May 13 and finished with nine quality starts on the year.
• Mazur went 5-0 with a 2.77 ERA with 48 strikeouts to eight walks over his final seven starts of the regular season, logging 48 2/3 innings in the seven outings.
• He 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 went 5-1 with a conference-best 2.59 ERA, striking out 52 in 55 2/3 innings. He allowed just 18 runs (16 earned) on 38 hits.
• Mazur 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 by a Hawkeye since Peyton in 2016 (vs. Penn State).
• The performance 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 had four streaks of 10 or more consecutive batters retired this season.
• Mazur had 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 ranked in the top 10 in the Big Ten in six categories, leading the league in batting average against (.178), second in innings (93.2), third in strikeouts (98), fourth in ERA (3.07), tied for fourth in wins (7), and tied for ninth in fewest hits allowed (60).
• In league games, Mazur was tops in the Big Ten in ERA (2.59), innings (55.2) and wins (5), while ranking third in batting average against (.189), fourth in strikeouts (52), tied for fifth in fewest walks (11), tied for seventh in strikeouts looking (13), and tied for eighth in fewest runs allowed (18).
• Nationally, Mazur was eighth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.77) and 14th in WHIP (0.96).
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.
After starting the season in the bullpen, sophomore Ty Langenberg settled into the weekend rotation as the Hawkeyes’ Sunday starter. He made 12 straight Sunday starts, finishing the season with a 7-2 record and a 3.71 ERA. The Urbandale, Iowa, native allowed 60 hits, 28 runs (26 earned) and fanned 74 over 63 innings.
• Langenberg won his final two starts of the season, tossing five shutout innings in a 2-1 victory over Indiana on May 21. He scattered four hits and fanned four. In the Big Ten Tournament, Langenberg allowed three runs on three hits and fanned five in an elimination game victory over Penn State.
• Langenberg’s fifth win came after 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.
• Langenberg ranked in the top eight in the Big Ten in six categories. He was tied for second in fewest runs allowed (28), tied for fourth in wins (7), tied for sixth in fewest earned runs (26), eighth in fewest walks (23), ninth in ERA (3.71) and tied for ninth in fewest hits allowed (60).
ONE OF THE B1G’s & NATION’S BEST
The Hawkeye pitching staff was superb in 2022, leading the Big Ten in ERA (3.72), shutouts (5), strikeouts (609), fewest hits allowed (374), fewest runs allowed (246), fewest earned runs (202) and batting average against (.210).
• The Hawkeyes gave up just 374 hits over 489 1/3 innings with just 109 going for extra bases.
• Iowa ranked in the top 17 nationally in five categories, sitting second in hits allowed per nine innings (6.88), third in strikeouts per nine innings (11.2), fourth in ERA (3.72), 11th in WHIP (1.29) and 17th in shutouts (5).
• Iowa’s starting pitchers went 21-11 with a 4.06 ERA, fanning 270 over 244 innings. Opponents hit just .217.
Iowa’s pitching staff had 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 tied for the 10th-most in a single game in the nation this season and Iowa had three of the top 15 totals.
• The Hawkeyes also fanned 19 on March 2 in an 8-0 victory over Cornell College and 17 against Bradley on April 6 and Penn State on May 26 in the Big Ten Tournament.
• Iowa had 10 or more strikeouts in 35 games, including nine games with 16 or more strikeouts.
• The Hawkeyes allowed five or fewer hits in 23 games.
• Iowa posted a one-hitter against Air Force on Feb. 18 — the first for the program since 2019 (vs. Simpson, 7-2 win).
• Iowa had eight games, allowing three or fewer hits this season. The Hawkeyes had five games allowing two or fewer hits.
THE MEN IN RELIEF
• The Hawkeyes had eight different relievers tally at least one save in 2022. Iowa tied for fourth in the Big Ten with 15 saves.
• Senior Ben Beutel was one of Iowa’s top bullpen options, going 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA with four saves in a team-high 29 appearances. The southpaw had 41 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings and allowed just six runs (five earned) on 22 hits en route to second-team All-Big Ten and second-team all-region honors.
• Beutel didn’t allowed a run in 24 of his 29 appearances and he made multiple weekend appearances eight times. He saw action in all three games in the road series win at Michigan State (May 13-15) and pitched in three straight games at the Big Ten Tournament.
• Freshman Brody Brecht had 25 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run (on five hits) over his final 10 relief appearances, spanning 13 2/3 innings, giving him 44 Ks over 22 2/3 innings this season. He went 1-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 appearances and he gave up just one extra base hit.
• Redshirt junior Duncan Davitt went 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances as a swing reliever. He allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 30 hits and haf 61 strikeouts (to 15 walks) over 40 innings.
• Iowa’s relievers went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA, allowing 126 runs (92 earned) on 177 hits over 245 1/3 innings. The staff had 339 strikeouts to 153 walks and limited hitters to a .203 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 hit 100 or higher on the radar gun 37 times (in games where Trackman data was 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 40 games from then on, the Wisconsin native is hit .303 (50-of-165) with his 50 hits ranking second on the team. Seegers drove in 27 and has scored 34 runs during the stretch. Iowa went 28-12 in the 40 contests.
• Seegers hit safely in 29 of the 40 games with 15 multi-hit games, including two four-hit contests at Michigan on April 2 and a 4-for-5, four RBI game in game two against Indiana on May 20. Seegers set a program record, drawing five walks in the series-opening win against the Hoosiers on May 19.
• Seegers hit .286 (65-of-227) with 31 RBIs and 43 runs scored as Iowa’s leadoff hitter. He batted leadoff in all but three games this season, where he hit safely in 37 games and reached base safely in 45 contests.
• As good as Seegers was offensively, he was just as good defensively. The Hawkeye shortstop had just four errors in 55 games, where he has a .980 fielding percentage.
PATTY’S FINAL GO ROUND
Redshirt senior Izaya Fullard, a.k.a. Meat Patty, hit .328 (40-of-122) in the 33 games after returning to the starting lineup after missing the first six weeks of the season after breaking his hamate bone.
• The North Liberty, Iowa, native hit safely in 24 of the 33 games with 14 multi-hit games and he reached base in 31 of the 33 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.
• At the Big Ten Tournament, Fullard hit .316 (6-of-19) with two RBIs in five games, which included the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning in a 5-4 victory over Purdue. He was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
• The Hawkeyes have scored 358 runs in 55 games, averaging 6.5 runs per contest. Iowa had 12 games with 10 or more runs and 24 games with 10 or more hits.
• Iowa went 23-8 when scoring first this season and 27-8 when out-hitting its opponent.
• The team went 24-4 when scoring six or more runs this season.
• The Hawkeyes outscored opponents, 104-96, over the first three innings and 112-73 over the final three innings (including extras).
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.
The Hawkeyes signed a pair of high-end pitchers in freshman right-handers Brody Brecht and Marcus Morgan. Brecht is from Ankeny, Iowa; Morgan is from Iowa City.
• Brecht was rated as the top incoming recruit in the Big Ten and No. 9 nationally by Perfect Game, while being tabbed as the No. 4 impact recruit in the Big Ten by D1Baseball.com.
• Morgan was named D1Baseball.com’s Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the top impact freshman in the league.
• Morgan was the first freshman to be in the starting rotation to start the season under head coach Rick Heller. (LHP Jack Dreyer started four games (late in the season) during his true freshman season in 2018.)
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 77 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 overcome deficits in 20 games this season, winning 15 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 “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)
2022: 36-19 (8th-most wins all-time)
• The Hawkeyes are 121-40 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.
• Iowa’s 42-man roster features one graduate transfer, five seniors, three juniors, 14 sophomores, two redshirt freshman and nine freshman.
• The Hawkeyes have 21 newcomers (12 transfers), including Division I transfers in Adam Mazur (South Dakota State), Connor Schultz (Butler), Jared Simpson (Missouri), Casey Day (Wichita State) and Will Christophersen (Michigan State).
• The Hawkeye roster is made up of student-athletes from 10 states and Canada — Iowa (28), Illinois (4), Wisconsin (2), Arizona (1), Georgia (1), Kansas (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Montana (1), Washington (1), Canada (1).
• Iowa has two sets of college teammates and six sets of high school teammates — Kyle Huckstorf and Jared Simpson (Iowa Western CC); Luke Llewellyn, Casey Day and Cade Moss (Kirkwood CC); Brendan Sher and Duncan Davitt (Indianola); Brett McCleary and DJ Heck (Iowa City High); Anthony Mangano and Ty Snep (Lake Zurich); Brody Brecht and Weston Fulk (Ankeny); Ty Langenberg and Gehrig Christensen (Urbandale); Peyton Williams, Cade Moss and Ben Wilmes (Johnston).
• 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.
• The Hawkeyes won 30 or more games in each of Heller’s seven 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 276 at Iowa, including the second (41), fifth (39) and eighth-most (36) wins in a single-season 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 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 seven of his nine (full seasons), and has 27 Major League Baseball Draft picks in nine seasons (29 players have gone on to play professional baseball).
• Heller had three players drafted in the top 10 rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft — a first in program history. That included Adam Mazur, who was the 53rd pick overall (San Diego) — the highest pick by a Hawkeye since 1990.
• Iowa had a school-record six All-Big Ten selections in 2015 and five in 2017. The Hawkeyes have had 30 All-Big Ten honorees in nine seasons under Heller.
• Heller has coached one Big Ten Player of the Year (Jake Adams), two Big Ten Pitcher of the Years (Trenton Wallace, Adam Mazur) and one Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Keaton Anthony) during his time as a Hawkeye.
• 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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