IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa baseball team shutout Michigan State, 9-0, in the first game of a three-game series on Friday night at Duane Banks Field.
Marcus Morgan got the start for the Hawkeyes and did not allow a hit through six innings of work. He struck out six en route to the win. Jared Simpson finished the contest earning a three-inning save while striking out three and holding the Spartans to three hits.
“It was a great start,” said head coach Rick Heller. “He had really good stuff. Fastball was good. Cutter, slider, and change were all good after he got things established in the first inning. He settled in and didn’t give up a hit.”
Sam Petersen was 4-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Brayden Frazier was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run tallying two RBIs. Cade Moss and Raider Tello each added two RBIs for Iowa.
“We played as well as we have played in a long time,” said Heller. “Offensively, we were solid. Petersen and Frazier were really good tonight.”
The Hawkeyes outhit the Spartans, 11-3, and tallied three two out RBIs.
- Iowa improves to 35-12 and 11-7 in Big Ten Play
- The Hawkeyes are 20-3 at Duane Banks Field. That is tied for the second most-in a single season (2018) trailing only the 22 wins in 1977.
- Marcus Morgan improves to 4-2 on the season with a 3.03 ERA in Big Ten play.
- This was the 10th multi-hit game this season for Petersen and the 20th of his career. His home run was his 9th of the season.
- Iowa improves to 22-1 when scoring nine or more runs.
- This was the third shutout of the season for the Hawkeyes.
Game two of the series will now take place at 11:05 a.m. (CT) tomorrow due to anticipated weather.