Hello Iowa Hawkeyes. I have been writing about Kansas baseball at the SB Nations site Rock Chalk Talk for the last four years. Iowa was in Lawrence this weekend for a four game series. KU took three of the four games but I thought the Iowa club looked better than expected given their record last year. I'll link my full recap here and copy my comments about Iowa below.
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The Iowa baseball team looked better than I expected. At the plate they worked the counts well. They were not hacking. The Hawkeye pitching staff was hesitant and unimpressive, but for the most part willing to challenge batters and throw strikes. Freshman lefty Matt Dermody, in only his second NCAA start, was the only Iowa pitcher to get rattled. After Jimmy Waters hit a towering homerun off him in the first inning, and Jake Marasco drove a high fastball off the centerfield fence in the second, Dermody became strikezone shy and did not make it out of the second inning. Iowa shortstop Kurt Lee looked good defensively. Based on how they played this weekend the Hawkeyes should see more success in 2010 than they did last year. I could well imagine them finishing around the RPI mid-point.