University of Iowa Athletics

#2 Eric Toole

Height 6-1
Weight 170 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Council Bluffs, Iowa
High School Lewis Central
Eric Toole - Baseball - University of Iowa Athletics


Hawk Item — Three-time All-Big Ten selection… drafted in the 22nd round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the Colorado Rockies as the 647th pick… finished his career as the UI school record holder with 207 career singles, second in at-bats (776), third in hits (239), fourth in steals (70) , third in career hits (239), fourth in steals (70), sixth in games played (200), and 11th in runs (133).

2015 Honors — Second-team All-Big Ten honoree. 2015 — Started every game as Iowa’s centerfielder and leadoff hitter… one of Iowa’s four team captains… hit .306 with 42 runs, and 28 RBIs… had eight doubles, four triples, and one home run… finished 27-of-34 on the base paths to rank second in the Big Ten… 27 steals were 11th-most in school history… ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 77 hits and tied for seventh with four triples… 77 hits were tied for eighth-most in school history… had a team-best 22 multi-hit games (15 two-hit, five three-hit, two four-hit)… named Big Ten Player of Week on March 31 — his first career honor — after hitting .500 (8-for-16) and posting a .529 on-base and .563 slugging percentage in four games, including Indiana series… made a highlight reel diving catch for the first out against Northwestern (4/17) — a play that landed at No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top-10 on April 17… hit safely in 46-of-59 games and reached safely in 54-of-59 contests… hit .337 in Big Ten play with his 35 hits — tied for the fourth-most in league… UI school record holder with 207 career singles, third in career hits (239), and fourth in 70 steals… had a career-long 15-game hitting streak from March 7-29, where he had seven multi-hit games… reached safely in 31-straight games from Feb. 14-April 12 — a career-long streak… stole 12-straight bases from March 11-April 5) before being caught stealing against Milwaukee (4/8)… had a pair of multi-hit games against Missouri State (5/30) and Oregon (5/31) at NCAA Regionals… connected on a leadoff, solo blast — his first career home run — against Michigan (5/21) at the Big Ten Tournament… the home run came in his 752nd career at-bat… hit .313 with two multi-hit games and three RBIs at Rutgers (5/14-16)… tallied his 200th career single in the opener (5/14) before finishing 2-for-3 with a three-run triple in game two (5/15)… had a pair of multi-hit games against Minnesota (5/8-9) with five RBIs and four runs… went 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the series opener, where he broke the Iowa record for career singles… notched his third-straight three-hit game, finishing 3-for-8 with two runs and an RBI against Sacramento State (4/28)… scored the game-winning run in the 18th… hit .538 (7-of-13) with a triple, two runs, and three RBIs in three-game sweep of No. 25 Nebraska (4/25-26)… had a pair of three-hit games and drove in all three runs in the April 26 doubleheader… tied a school record, drawing four walks in game two against Northwestern (4/18)… went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in series opener at Maryland (4/10)… hit .462 (6-of-13) with four runs and four RBIs at Purdue (4/3-5), collecting two hits in each game… hit .455 (5-of-11) with four runs in series sweep of No. 19 Indiana (3/27-29)… went 3-for-5 — his fifth-straight multi-hit game — against Bradley (3/25)… hit a blistering .615 (8-of-13) with two doubles in three game series at Kansas (3/20-22)… had two two-hit and a 4-for-4 performance in the finale — his second four-hit game this season… hit a team-best .462 (6-of-13) in three-game series at Middle Tennessee State (3/7-8)… went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored and reaching base in all five plate appearances in the finale (3/8)… hit .375 (3-for-8) in games in two games in Texas, including a 2-for-4, two-run contest against Missouri State, where he laced a first-inning triple.

2014 Honors — Third-team All-Big Ten selection. 2014 — Started 52 games in centerfield and as Iowa’s leadoff hitter… hit .302 (67-of-222) with 48 runs, 30 RBIs and 12 extra base hits… finished tied for third in the Big Ten in runs (48) and tied for eighth in steals (14)… scored 23 runs in Big Ten play, tying for third-most in the league, while also tying for seventh in steals (7)… tied for the team lead with 23 multi-hit games (20 two-hit, two three-hit, one four-hit)… has hit safely in 40-of-52 games, which included a team-best and career-long 13-game hitting streak… hit .384 as a leadoff batter and .321 against southpaws… went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the opening Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana (5/21)… hit .357 (5-of-14) with six runs and three RBIs at Purdue (May 15/17)… went 2-for-4 with three runs in the opener before going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI in game two… hit .357 (5-of-14) in three games against Minnesota (4/18-20) with two two-hit games and four runs scored… went 2-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs in the opening game at Northwestern (4/11)… missed the final two games after getting hit in the foot in the opening game of April 12 doubleheader… hit .667 (6-of-9) in two games against Kansas (4/8-9) with six RBIs and four runs scored… had a season-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with five two-out RBIs in game two’s 12-7 win… the five RBIs were a career-high… went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs in Iowa’s 6-2 win at Bradley (4/2)… hit .538 in the Stetson Invitational (7-of-13) with six singles, a triple and five RBIs (2/28-3/2)… tallied his first multi-hit game of the season at Austin Peay (2/16), going 2-for-5 with a run scored… preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by College Sports Madness… named to the Big Ten Watch List.

2013 Honors — Second-team All-Big Ten selection… also earned a second-team All-Big Ten nod from College Sports Madness. 2013 — Started 45 games in center field… posted 22 steals in 28 attempts to lead the team, and being tied for fifth in the Big Ten… 22 steals are the 14th-most by a Hawkeye in a single season, tying Dave Krull (1970)… swiped 12 bases in 15 tries in 24 conference games, which tied for the Big Ten lead… paced the team with 15 multi-hit games, including seven in the last 15 games… led the club in batting average (.337), runs scored (32), hits (59), total bases (67), and sacrifice bunts (9), and ranked second in slugging percentage (.383), on-base percentage (.426), and doubles (6)… ranked seventh in the Big Ten in sacrifice bunts, while ranking sixth in on-base percentage and ninth in batting average… hit .412 during Big Ten play to lead the team and rank second in the Big Ten… led the team in hits (40), on-base percentage (.486), runs (21), and total bases (46) in conference play, ranking first in the Big Ten in on-base percentage, fourth in hits, sixth in runs, and tied for 11th in total bases… batted .411 (23-of-56) against left-handed pitching and .486 (35-of-72) when leading off an inning… ended the season with a career-high 15 game reached base streak, going 28-of-60 (.467) with 11 runs, four RBIs, and a .536 on-base percentage over the stretch… finished season with a nine-game hitting streak, setting a season and career high… nine-game hitting streak tied teammate Trevor Kenyon for the longest streak by a Hawkeye in 2013… tallied 16 hits in 35 at-bats for a .457 average during the hitting streak… scored two runs in six games (Nebraska-Omaha, Indiana, Western Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State), tying a career-best… went 6-for-9 (.667) in two games at Purdue, reaching base at a .727 clip… went 5-for-5, all singles, in the second game of the series against the Boilermakers, tying school records for hits and singles in a game… five hits were the most by any Big Ten athlete in 2013… posted a .364 (4-of-11) batting average over a three-game series with Michigan State (May 10-12)… went 5-of-10 (.500) with three runs scored in three games at Michigan (May 3-5), reaching base at a .615 clip… hit .500 (7-of-14) during three-game series against Minnesota, registering two three-hit games (April 26, 28)… went 2-of-3 against Northern Illinois, his 10th multi-hit game… went 4-of-15 (.267) with three runs and three RBIs in three-game series at Penn State (April 20-21), including a 3-for-5, two RBI performance in the series finale… two RBIs marked his first multi-RBI game of the season, and the third of his Hawkeye career… hit .462, collecting six hits in 13 at-bats in the three-game series against Nebraska (April 5-7)… went 5-of-12 (.417) and stole four bases during three-game series against Indiana (March 30-31), including a season-high three hits in the series opener… delivered a triple against Northwestern on March 22 — his first three-bagger of the season… missed the Snowbird Classic (March 8-10) due to illness… recorded first extra base hit of the season Feb. 17, hitting a double in the final game of the Austin Peay series.

2012 — Appeared in 44 games, the second-most among Hawkeye freshmen and the fourth-most on the team… started 35 games, 25 in center and 10 in left… led-off 10 times… hit .283 overall, recording 36 hits in 127 at-bats… scored 11 runs and tallied 13 RBIs… walked four times and was hit-by-pitch six times… tallied eight sacrifice bunts, which ranked second on the team, and three sacrifice flies, which tied for the team lead… swiped seven bases, ranking fourth on the team… had a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) and 92 putouts… notched nine multi-hit games, including a season-best four-hit contest against Penn State (April 20)… registered two multiple-RBI games… hit .302 in conference play… enjoyed a season-high reached-base streak of seven games… hit .350 with runners on base, .400 with runners in scoring position and went 3-for-6 with the bases loaded… batted .311 as a lead-off hitter… went 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter… notched seven two-out RBI… saw first career action in season-opening win over Pittsburgh (Feb. 17), tallying first career hit and RBI.

High School — Four-time all-state, all-city, all-conference and all-district honoree… named team MVP three times… named a preseason All-American as a junior… earned High School Baseball All-American honors his junior and senior year by Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger… named to the all-state “Super Team” junior and senior year by Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association… named first team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association during final three years… named first team all-state his junior and senior year by Iowa Sports Connection… BCA District 5 First Team All-District honoree as a senior… was a Wendy’s High School Heisman State of Iowa finalist… named an IHSBCA `Super Team’ outfielder as a junior… hit over .480 and stole at least 25 bases each year during high school career… holds school records for stolen bases and triples in a season and career batting average… earned all-conference honors in basketball, all-district and all-state honors in football and all-state honors in track… named third team all-state in football (defensive back) during senior season… named elite all-state in track during senior year (finished third in the 200 meters at state track meet)… first team all-academic member and four-year honor roll member… student council member.

Personal — Born Feb. 8, 1993… son of Lee and Jeanine Toole… brother of former Hawkeye standout Justin Toole… health and human physiology major.