Hawkeyes Top St. Thomas, 17-11

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa baseball team defeated St. Thomas, 17-11, on Wednesday night at Duane Banks Field.

The Hawkeyes trailed 5-0 through two innings but a six run third inning gave them the lead. St. Thomas retook the lead in the fourth and led 8-7 after five. Iowa had its second six-run inning in the sixth and led for the remainder of the contest, scoring two in the seventh and eighth.

Four Hawkeyes had three RBIs in the game: Raider Tello (1-for-4), Davis Cop (2-for-5), Kyle Huckstorf (4-for-5) and Gable Mitchell (2-for-5).

Reese Moore and Connor Hennings each added an RBI for Iowa.

“I thought the offense was good,” said head coach Rick Heller. “And I was happy with the bottom part of the order. They kind of got us going today. Maybe not so much with a lot of hits, but Seegers was on base four times and scored four times. Will Mulflur did a good job. Gable and Connor Hennings both had good games. I was happy to see those guys spark us a little bit.”

12 different pitchers saw action in the midweek matchup. Jack Young, Reese Beuter and Chas Wheatley each had two strikeouts in the contest.

Aaron Savary threw 1 1/3 innings of hitless baseball and tallied one strikeout to earn the win. He improved to 3-0 on the season.

“Well, it was a rough start obviously,” said Heller. “We had some guys step up and slow things down, which was good to see. Beuter was good, Savary was good, Watts was good. It’s great to see Brant Hogue back out there, and he was confident, you could tell, and threw with good intent, and had a quality inning for us. Then Ben DeTaeye was good in a tough situation. But mixed in there were some really, rough ones, you know. And it’s kind of the way it’s gone at times this year. I’m really pleased with how the offense handled it when it fell behind us. There was no pressing.”

Iowa returns to action on Friday to start a three-game series in Columbus, Ohio, against Ohio State.