Week in Review
Following last weekend’s sweep of Indiana, two Hawkeyes (Eric Toole and Tyler Peyton) received player of the week recognition and the team moved into college baseball’s top twenty-five for the first time since 1990. Refusing to rest on laurels, Iowa took the field Tuesday against in-state foe Grand View. Tyler Peyton and Nick Roscetti both collected two hits in the 9-2 Hawkeye victory. A day later, the Hawks traveled to Macomb to face former Iowa assistant and current Western Illinios head coach Ryan Brownlee. After racing to a 5-0 lead midway through the game the Hawkeye bullpen collapsed, allowing a season-high 16 runs in a 16-5 loss to the Leathernecks.
Iowa (19-6, 3-0) travels to West Lafayette, IN for the second week of conference play to face Most Hated Rival, Purdue (9-18,1-2)
Game One (4:30 PM CT)
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 PM on Friday afternoon and will pit Tyler Peyton (3-1, 2.39) against freshman Mike Kornacker (1-2, 3.00). Seemingly Purdue’s ace the first half of the season, Kornacker provided the Boilermakers best start last weekend at Butler yet came away with a no decision. For the Hawkeyes, Peyton will try to repeat last weekend’s complete game shutout on the mound in which he also drove both Hawkeye runs in at the plate. Heller seems inclined to play by National League rules, favoring Peyton's bat over a designated hitter.
Game Two (1 PM CT)
The two teams again take the field Saturday, with Blake Hickman (3-1, 2.77) facing off against Shane Bryant (1-0, 4.20). Despite throwing 30 innings on the year, Saturday will mark only the third start for Bryant. Bryant has struck out 27 hitters, leading the Boilermaker staff.
Game Three (12 PM CT)
Sunday’s finale will feature Calvin Mathews (2-0, 1.20) against Brett Haan (1-5, 7.59[!]). Haan lasted only 3.2 innings in last weekend’s series against Butler. Opponents are simply teeing off against the junior (.348 Opp. BA) as he allows 1.5 hits an inning.
Hawkeye pitchers rank fourth in the B1G in team ERA and claim the fewest hits allowed, proving a tough matchup for a Purdue team allowing nearly six runs a game and the highest opposing batting average (.308).
Prediction: Iowa sweeps Most Hated Rival and remains atop the conference standings.