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Iowa baseball snags two wins in Florida

Iowa’s offense clicked in its first two games of the Snowbird Baseball Classic.

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Rick Heller and the Hawkeyes sit at 8-5 following another successful weekend road trip.
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Iowa baseball picked up a pair of convincing wins over the weekend in Port Charlotte, Florida.

The Hawkeyes (8-5) toppled Western Michigan on March 6 and Georgetown on March 7 before losing to Army on Sunday. Despite the loss, it was yet another successful weekend trip for Rick Heller and Company.

Iowa had no issues with offense in its two wins. The Hawkeyes beat Western Michigan 10-0 in seven innings, then took down Georgetown 22-2. In other words, the Hawkeyes outscored their first two opponents 32-2.

Jack Dreyer pitched the entirety of the win over the Broncos. In his seven innings, Dreyer allowed just three hits while striking out seven batters. It was a great bounce-back performance from Dreyer, considering he lasted just three innings the week prior.

Iowa’s 10 runs against Western Michigan came on 13 hits. Ben Norman went 3-for-4 and Peyton Williams finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs.

Then, against Georgetown, Iowa’s offense exploded for a season-high scoring effort. The Hawkeyes 22 runs came off 15 hits. Izaya Fullard led the charge, going 4-for-6 from the plate.

In the loss to Army, Iowa’s offense wasn’t as potent, but it still wasn’t terrible. The Hawkeyes managed 11 hits, but they just couldn’t string together any substantial run.

“We were able to get 11 hits on the day and had chances,” Heller said in a release. “Give Army credit, they had a lot of two-out, two-strike hits. We didn’t execute our pitches like we were capable of.”

Other notes from Iowa baseball’s weekend

  • The Hawkeyes 12 runs scored in the ninth inning against Georgetown was more than all three opponents scored on Iowa in the entire weekend
  • The 12 ninth inning runs against Georgetown were just three shy of tying a school record
  • Iowa’s 22 runs scored against Georgetown were the most in a single game since it 22 on Air Force in 2016
  • Peyton Williams has now recorded a hit in nine straight games
  • Izaya Fullard now has 20 RBIs this season, 11 short of his total from last season. It took him 52 games to reach 31 RBIs last year

Player(s) of the weekend: Jack Dreyer and Izaya Fullard

Dreyer takes a share of this award due to his resiliency. He went to work from the mound against Western Michigan, throwing the first complete game shutout since Tyler Peyton in 2016 (nine innings). Dreyer is Iowa’s first complete game in seven innings since 2008.

Meanwhile, Fullard went 8-for-15 over the weekend. He leads the team with 20 hits this season. Fullard owns a .385 batting average so far.

What’s next for Iowa baseball?

Iowa takes on Kansas today and Wednesday at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City. Today’s game starts at 4:05 and can be streamed on BTN Plus. Wednesday’s contest will begin at 2:05 and will be streamed on BTN Plus as well.