MOBILE, Alabama – The University of Iowa baseball team hit a pair of grand slams en route to a 20-8 victory over Southern University on Friday afternoon at Stanky Field in the first game of the South Alabama Invitational.
“On a day when the wind really affected things it ended up being a game where we just had to out slug them,” said head coach Rick Heller. “Fortunately, we did. They jumped on us early in the first with two runs and then it was great to see us answer back with two in the bottom half. It was one of those days where we made some defensive miscues that hurt both our pitchers. The good thing was on offense we put up and eight spot in the third and then put up an eight spot in the eighth to put it away.”
Ty Langenberg got the start on the mound and went five innings earning his first win of the season. He stuck out four while allowing three earned runs.
Three Hawkeyes had four RBIs on the day: Sam Hojnar was 3-for-5 with the grand slam in the eighth, Chase Moseley was 2-for-3 as his grand slam came in the third inning, and Brennen Dorighi was 2-for-4.
“It was good to see Moseley break out today,” said Heller. “He had a couple of hits and the grand slam. Then Sam Hojnar had his grand slam in the eighth inning. Multiple hits up and down the lineup. Dorighi had another big game.”
In total five different Hawkeyes had multi-hit days as Michael Seegers went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, and Cade Moss was 2-for-5 to join Dorighi, Hojnar and Moseley. Seegers, Moss, and Sam Petersen each tallied two RBIs in the contest.
The Hawkeyes trailed Southern 3-2 after the second inning but put up eight runs in the third inning to take a lead that they would never relinquish. The Jaguars would cut the lead to four runs in the top half of the sixth, but the Hawkeyes scored one in the bottom half and eight in the eighth to put the game away.
- The last time the Hawkeyes scored 20 or more runs came a season ago as they defeated Indiana, 30-16, on 5/19/22.
- The last time the Hawkeyes hit two grand slams in a game was 3/22/17 in a 12-1 win over Bradley (Robert Neustrom and Tyler Cropley).
- The Hawkeyes hit .357 (5-of-14) and tallied 13 RBIs with two outs.
- Keaton Anthony extended his on base streak to 24 games dating back to last season.
- Iowa improves to 7-1 for the first time since 2018 (8-1).
Iowa (7-1) returns to action tomorrow against host South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. (CT).