Notes: Iowa Set For Showdown with Illinois

MATCHUP Illinois (33-18) vs. Iowa (31-22)
LOCATION Charles Schwab Field Omaha | Omaha, Neb.
DATE May 23, 2024 | 10 a.m. (CT)
LISTEN Hawkeye Radio Network | The Varsity Network


The fifth-seeded University of Iowa baseball team continues Big Ten Tournament play against No. 1 seed Illinois on Thursday at 10 a.m. (CT) at Charles Schwab Field Omaha. The game will be televised live on BTN.


• Iowa and Illinois have met three times in the Big Ten Tournament, with the Illinois winning all three games. Illinois beat Iowa 12-3 in Ann Arbor in 2007. The Illini also won in 1990 in Iowa City and 1989 in Ann Arbor.

• Illinois leads the all-time series, 134- 94-2. The Hawkeyes and Illini met for the first time in 1895, with Illinois winning, 10-8 and 4-3.

• Since head coach Rick Heller’s first season in 2014, the Hawkeyes have reached the 30-win plateau in every “non-COVID affected” season.

• 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.

• Sophomore Cade Obermueller was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on May 20. The Iowa City, Iowa, native threw  five innings of one-hit ball against FIU in Des Moines, Iowa. Obermueller struck out seven while walking one.

2024: Iowa-Illinois

• The Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini have met three times during the 2024 season. Illinois won the series 2-1, winning Friday and Sunday, 10-5 and 6-3. The Hawkeyes won Saturday’s game, 10-4.

• Davis Cop was 6-for-12 in the series with four RBIs. He recorded a double and a home run.

• Ben Wilmes drove in six RBIs and had two home runs.


• Iowa is making its ninth straight Big Ten Tournament appearance and the 17th in program history.

• The Hawkeyes are 26-30 all-time in tournament history, including winning its first ever Big Ten Tournament title

in 2017. Iowa has made championship game appearances five times (1983, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2023).

• Iowa has won at least one game in eight of the last nine Big Ten Tournaments and is 17-10 over the past eight


• Head coach Rick Heller is 19-14 in the conference tournament.


• The entirety of the Big Ten Tournament will be televised on BTN.

• All games will be broadcast on the Hawkeye Radio Network with John Leo and John Evans on the call. Fans can

access the stream for free on YouTube or by downloading the Varsity Network app.

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