IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa baseball team defeated Milwaukee, 12-1, in seven innings on Wednesday evening at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes scored four in the fourth and then eight in the fifth to pull away.
“I think the thing that made us most happy today was that we were really talking about not chasing,” said head coach Rick Heller. “Trying to make them throw it over the plate, not trying to do it all ourselves. It was slow going in the beginning and we didn’t get on the board till the fourth, after they scored, and I think we were 7-for-7 in 3-2 counts. That’s pretty good. Took advantage of the freebees in the big eighth run fifth.”
Two Hawkeyes had multi-hit nights. Ben Wilmes was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and Keaton Anthony was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sam Hojnar was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run, and Ben Tallman was 1-for-2 with two RBIs on a home run.
“Ben Wilmes had a nice night with a couple of hits,” said Heller. “Tallman and Hojnar with home runs. Keaton another double. It was a good night.”
Eight Hawkeye pitchers saw action by design as Aaron Savary made his first career start throwing one inning and striking out one. Nick Gottilla earned the win. The Hawkeye staff allowed six hits while walking two and striking out four.
- The Hawkeyes improved to 23-8 on the year.
- The win was head coach Rick Heller’s 299th as the head coach of Iowa.
- Sam Hojnar’s home run was his sixth of the season.
Due to inclement weather expected on Saturday Iowa and Minnesota will now play in a doubleheader on Friday at Siebert Field beginning at 3 p.m. (CT) and game two will take place 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Game three of the series is TBD.