3 Hawkeyes Earn B1G Preseason Honors

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three University of Iowa baseball players — Junior Brody Brecht, junior Marcus Morgan and junior Sam Petersen — have been named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes were selected to finish first in the preseason coaches’ poll. Indiana was tabbed to finish second, followed by Maryland, Rutgers, Nebraska and Michigan. Only the top six were released.

Brecht posted a 3.74 ERA in 17 appearances as a sophomore. The Ankeny, Iowa, native allowed just 38 hits and 28 runs over 77 innings. He allowed just nine extra base hits and a .174 batting average against. Brecht led the nation with 4.32 hits allowed per nine innings and tallied 109 strikeouts, the second most in program history.

Morgan made 17 appearances as a sophomore. He finished with a 5-2 record and a 3.72 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 61 1/3 innings. The Iowa City, Iowa, native ranked third in the nation with 5.23 hits per nine. 

Petersen appeared in 51 games for the Hawkeyes including 49 starts in his sophomore season. He hit .319 with 53 hits, 47 RBIs and led the team with 20 stolen bases. The Huxley, Iowa, native tallied 11 home runs, nine doubles, and a triple.

Iowa’s season opener is Friday, February 16, against Seton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.