Notes: Hawkeyes Travel to Nebraska

MATCHUP Nebraska

Hawks Field at Haymarket Park | Lincoln, Nebraska

DATE April 26-28, 2024
WATCH B1G+(Game 1 and 3) & BTN (Game 2)
LISTEN Hawkeye Radio Network | The Varsity Network


The University of Iowa baseball team faces Nebraska, for a three-game series, from April 26-28. The Hawkeyes will take on the Cornhuskers at 6:05 p.m. (CT) on Friday, 1:15 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. (CT) on Sunday.

General admission tickets are available for each game for $7 for adults, and $5 for youth.


Games one and three will be available on B1G+ ($). Game two will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. Shane Sparks and Jeff Leise will have the call.

All three games will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network with John Leo and John Evans on the call. Fans can access the stream free on YouTube or by downloading free The Varsity Network app.

Live stats will be available on and live updates will be available on Twitter (@UIBaseball).


Iowa leads the all-time series, 29-25. The Hawkeyes and Huskers met for the first time in 1895, with Iowa winning, 5-4. The most recent meeting between the teams was in 2023, when Iowa swept Nebraska at Duane Banks Field on April 21-23. Iowa and Nebraska last met in Lincoln in 2022, when Iowa won games one (1-0) and three (5-3), while dropping game two (12-1).


Nebraska is 25-13 overall and 8-4 in Big Ten play.

The Huskers are 13-5 at home after dropping a midweek to Kansas on Tuesday.

Nebraska has Big Ten series wins over Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State. The Huskers lost two of three at Rutgers.

Case Sanderson (.348) and Cayden Brumbaugh (.345) have the highest batting averages on the team.


Offensively, Josh Caron leads the Huskers in home runs (7) and RBIs (40). Riley Silva has the most stolen bases in the Big Ten with 23.

SP Brett Sears has a 7-0 record with a 1.58 ERA. Sears pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout against Ohio State.

As a staff, the Huskers have the best ERA (4.55) in the conference and have issued the fewest walks (112).


As a team Iowa ranks 33rd in the nation in batting average, 19th in scoring, and 26th in on base percentage and 26th in runs.

The Hawkeyes have players ranked in the top-30 in the NCAA in six categories.

Cade Obermueller ranks 16th in hits allowed per nine innings (5.63).

Jack Young ranks 23rd in pitching apperances (21).

Brecht ranks eighth in strikeouts (84) and third in strikeouts per nine innings (15.75).

Sam Petersen ranks fifth in runs per game (1.52).

Davis Cop ranks 28th in runs batted in per game (1.34).


Andy Nelson moved to the leadoff spot for the Western Illinois series in the 13 games he has played (missed five due to injury) since making the switch he is slashing .400/.548/.650 with 3 doubles, four home runs, 25 runs scored and 23 RBIs.


Iowa has used a rotation of players as first base coach this season.

Will Mulflur (42) and Merrick Matthews (41) are the most frequent coaches.

Connor Hennings (7), Cade Moss (40), and Blake Guerin (45) have also coached first during games.


Senior Kyle Huckstorf has hit 4 grand slams in his Hawkeye career.

In 2022 he hit one against Indiana (5/19). He was 6-for-7 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and Iowa won 30-16.

In 2023 he hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning on opening day against Indiana State (2/17).

He has hit two grand slams this year one against Loras (2/20) and one against Rutgers (4/20).


Brody Brecht was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on April 22.

The Ankeny, Iowa, native allowed one hit in a career high 7.2 innings pitched against Rutgers on April 21.

Brecht struck out 12 and allowed just one unearned run to earn the win.


Sophomore Cade Obermueller was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on March 11.

The Iowa City, Iowa, native took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Jacksonville State. Obermueller ending up pitching a career-high 5.2 innings and struck out nine, also a career-high. The lefty allowed just two hits in the win.

This season, Obermueller has held opposing hitters to a .146 batting average and has 17 strikeouts in 13.0 innings of work.

HUCKSTORF: 5-for-5

Iowa defeated Jacksonville State 20-1 on March 9. The Hawkeyes were led by Kyle Huckstorf, who drove in five runs, scored five of his own and clubbed two home runs.

Huckstorf became Iowa’s first player to hit two home runs since Brennen Dorighi on May 13, 2023, against Michigan State. It was the first five hit performance  for a Hawkeye since Keaton Anthony had five in 2023 against Penn State.

The five runs scored tied a school record and are the most by a Hawkeye since Ben Norman crossed the plate five times against Georgetown on March 7, 2020.


Junior Brody Brecht, junior Marcus Morgan and junior Sam Petersen — were named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list.

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.


Redshirt junior Zach Voelker and junior Sam Hart have been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List by the NCBWA. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

The Hawkeye duo are two of 73 players in the country named to the Watch List, including two of six pitchers from the Big Ten.


RHP Brody Brecht was named preseason first team All-America and Big Ten Preseason Pitcher of the Year by D1Baseball and Perfect Game.

Brecht, Marcus Morgan and Sam Petersen were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team by Perfect Game.

Freshmen Elliot Cadieux-Lanoue was named an impact freshman by D1Baseball.


The squad will play a three-game series against Florida International that will take place in Des Moines, Iowa, at Principal Park the home of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, on May 16-18. Tickets go on sale on March 8.


University of Iowa junior pitcher Brody Brecht was named to the preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List by USA Baseball. Since 1978, the award has been given to the top amateur baseball player in the country. The preseason list includes 55 players across high school and college baseball.

Former Hawkeye Jake Adams was a semifinalist for the award in 2017. Tim Costo was a finalist in 1990.

Brecht was named a preseason first-team All-American by Perfect Game, D1Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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.

Brecht was named a third-team All-American by the NCBWA and Perfect Game last season and a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game in 2022


Iowa’s 41-man roster features three redshirt seniors,  seven seniors, three redshirt juniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores, three redshirt freshmen and nine freshmen.

Iowa returns 18 letterwinners, and welcomes 18 newcomers (nine of which are transfers) to the squad.


The Hawkeyes roster features 24 Iowa guys, a California quartet, two confident Canadians, two magic Minnesotans, two Nebraska natives, two wonderful Wisconsinites, one charming Coloradoan, one Georgia peach, one Illinois boy, one Missouri man, and one Washington winner.


Iowa’s roster features seven sets of previous


Hart/Mathews: Indian Hills CC (22-23)

Brosius/Savary: Dubuque Wahlert (20-22)

Beuter/Moss: Kirkwood CC (21)

Huckstorf/Hogue: Iowa Western (21)

Archer/Moore: Van Meter (19-22)

Obermueller/Mitchell: City High (19-22)

Wilmes/Moss: Johnston (18-20)


Junior Brody Brecht, redshirt junior Zach Voelker, and seniors Cade Moss and Michael Seegers have been voted team captains for the 2024 season.


The Hawkeyes welcomed back former Hawkeye player (class of 2015) and assistant coach Sean Moore to the baseball staff as director of player development.

The Coralville native was a volunteer assistant coach for the Hawkeyes from 2017-2018  before his departure  for Happy Valley – he is returning after five seasons on staff at Penn State.


The Hawkeyes added five Division I transfers to their 2024 roster. Brant Hogue (Oklahoma State), Reese Beuter (Dallas Baptist), Davis Cop (Utah), Anthony Watts (Creighton), and Justin Hackett (TCU).

30 WINS X 8

Since head coach Rick Heller’s first season in 2014, the Hawkeyes have reached the 30-win plateau in every “non-COVID affected” season.  The program’s six consecutive year stretch was the longest since posting seven straight 30-win seasons from 1979-85.


2014: 30-23

2015: 41-18 (2nd-most wins all-time)

2016: 30-26

2017: 39-22 (5th-most wins all-time)

2018: 33-20

2019: 31-24

2020: 10-5 (*pandemic shortened)

2021: 28-16 (*Big Ten-only schedule)

2022: 36-19 (8th-most wins all-time)

2023: 44-16 (Tied for most wins all-time)


The Hawkeyes have posted ten consecutive winning seasons under head coach Rick Heller.  For perspective, the program had just two winning seasons from 1997-2013 and five from 1990-2013.

Since Heller took over the program in 2014, only three schools — Iowa, Indiana and Michigan — have qualified for the Big Ten Tournament each season it has been contested. (There was no tournament in 2020 or 2021 because of COVID.)


Iowa went 2-2 against ranked opponents last year having defeated #1 LSU at the Round Rock Classic on February 25 before going 1-2 at Texas Tech on March 10-12.

The Hawkeyes have defeated a top 10 team in back-to-back seasons having defeated No. 8 Rutgers in 2022.

Head coach Rick Heller has defeated at least one ranked foe in each season as Iowa’s head coach.


Freshman RHP Brody Brecht had a blazing debut in his first career appearance at Duane Banks Field in 2022.  The Ankeny, Iowa, native hit triple digits on his first three pitches, going 101, 101 and 100 in a 1-2-3 inning against Cornell College on March 2.

Brecht hit 100 or higher on the radar gun 37 times in 2022 (in games where Trackman data was available).

Brecht hit 100 or higher on the radar gun 31 times in 2023 (in games where Trackman data was available).

Brecht has hit 98.5 or higher on the radar gun 20 times and 99.0 or higher five times in 2024 (in games where Trackman data was available).


The Hawkeyes are 136-43 at home since the start of the 2015 season.

Iowa won 19 games in 2019, the third-most in a single-season in school history, trailing only the 22 wins in 1977 and 20 wins in 2018.

Iowa has 18 walk-off victories at Duane Banks Field since the start of 2015.


The Hawkeyes have overcame deficits to win 104 games since the start of the 2017 season and posted 17 walk-offs. 36 of those victories have come with Iowa trailing or being tied entering or through seven innings. 22 have come in the final at-bat.


Head coach Rick Heller recorded his 1000th career win against Ohio State (5/6/23), 15-3

The Hawkeyes won 30 or more games in each of Heller’s seven full seasons as the helm of the program. It’s a first for the team since winning 30 or more in seven straight seasons from 1979-85.

Heller has led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Regional appearances; the program had three regional appearances in its history prior to his arrival.

Heller is third in school history in career wins with 276 at Iowa, including the second (41), fifth (39) and eighth-most (36) wins in a single-season in school history.

Heller led Iowa to its first Big Ten Tournament title in 2017 — the first conference title since 1990 — and he guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament title game in consecutive seasons. Iowa advanced to the league tournament in six straight years for the first time in program history.

Heller has coached at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection in seven of his nine (full seasons), and has 27 Major League Baseball Draft picks in nine seasons (29 players have gone on to play professional baseball).

Heller had three players drafted in the top 10 rounds of the 2022 MLB Draft — a first in program history.  That included Adam Mazur, who was the 53rd pick overall (San Diego) — the highest pick by a Hawkeye since 1990.

Iowa had a school-record six All-Big Ten selections in 2015 and five in 2017. The Hawkeyes have had 30 All-Big Ten honorees in nine seasons under Heller.

Heller has coached one Big Ten Player of the Year (Jake Adams), two Big Ten Pitcher of the Years (Trenton Wallace, Adam Mazur) and one Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Keaton Anthony) during his time as a Hawkeye.

Iowa has posted winning streaks of nine games (in 2015) and eight games (in 2017) — the longest streaks for the program since 2012.


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Following the three-game road trip, the Hawkeyes play on Tuesday at home against Illinois State and Wednesday against North Dakota State. They then host Northwestern for a three-game series on May 3-5.