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Iowa Baseball Drops Three in Weekend Opener

Tough start for Hellerball

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Your Iowa Baseball Hawkeyes flew all the way down to Round Rock, Texas, over the weekend to take on conference foe #18 Michigan four times, losing three of those games by a combined 16 runs.

The lone Hawkeye win came on the first leg of a doubleheader on March 7. Iowa seven inning’d the Wolverines 8-3, on an effort where 5 of Iowa’s 8 hits came off doubles.

Senior catcher Austin Martin led the way for Iowa’s bats, going 2-4 at the plate. Freshman first baseman Peyton Williams got Iowa on the board first by doubling in the bottom of the first to bring in Izaya Fullard.

Williams brought Fullard in again in the third on a groundout, leading up to a five-run fifth inning where two Iowa players were walked, and another was HBP to bring in Iowa’s third run.

A Brayden Frazier double brought in two more, and a throwing error brought in another two unearned runs for the Hawkeyes.

Dylan Nedved earned the W on the mound, tossing one hit in two innings of work. He relieved starter Drew Irvine, and Ty Langenberg closed it out.

Iowa fell 7-0 in the second doubleheader of the day, and dropped Monday’s game 11-4 after letting the Wolverines amass 11 hits, including a three-run homer from Griffin Mazur.

It’s tough to start the season 1-3, but Michigan is the top-ranked team in the conference, and the only one to earn a number per Baseball America. The Hawkeyes travel to Minneapolis this weekend with two games apiece against Nebraska and Ohio State to make for what could be a nice rebound.