IOWA CITY, Iowa – The nationally-ranked University of Iowa baseball team heads to Normal, Illinois, on Tuesday at 5 p.m. (CT) for a midweek matchup with Illinois State.
The Hawkeyes are ranked in five polls this week for the first time since 2015. The Hawkeyes are ranked 17th by Collegiate Baseball, 21st by the NCBWA, 22nd in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and Baseball America, and 25th by D1Baseball.
Iowa brings a 19-3 overall record into the contest – the best start in program history – while the Redbirds are 7-11 overall.
Two-way player Keaton Anthony (2-0, 3.95 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Hawkeyes matching up with LHP Sean Sinisko (0-0, 15.95 ERA) for Illinois State.
Illinois State hold series wins over Austin Peay and Arkansas State. The Redbirds also have wins over Central Arkansas, Western Illinois and Belmont.
As a team, the Redbirds are hitting .248 and their pitching staff has a 7.27 ERA. They are led by Adrian Flores, who is hitting .375, and Daniel Pacella with 17 RBIs.
The Hawkeyes won a midweek game against Grand View and swept a three-game series with Western Michigan, last weekend, scoring 55 runs in the four contests. Overall, the Hawkeyes are hitting .311 as a team, while averaging 10.47 runs per game. The Iowa pitching staff has a 4.01 ERA.
Brennen Dorighi leads the team with a .388 batting average. Dorighi leads the team with 26 RBIs followed by Kyle Huckstorf with 23 and Sam Petersen with 21. Anthony and Huckstorf are tied for the team lead with five home runs and Huckstorf has ten stolen bases.
Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and will be available on the Hawkeye Radio Network.