A week after a huge series win over Oklahoma State, Iowa played a three-game set against Evansville and things went pretty poorly outside of game 1=one. The series was moved from Evansville’s home field to Marion Illinois, and after some rearranging of the schedule they managed to get all three games in. Iowa might be wishing they hadn’t…
GAME 1: Iowa 18, Evansville 7
Iowa brought out the big sticks for game 1 of the series, winning 18-7. The Hawks tallied 19 hits and took an 18-1 lead into the 9th inning before allowing six runs. Izaya Fullard and Zeb Adreon led the way for the Hawkeyes, Fullard went 2-4 with a home run and 5 RBIs while Adreon went 3-5 with 4 RBIs. Iowa also got home runs from Ben Norman and Matthew Sosa.
Cole McDonald had another great start for Iowa, throwing six innings and striking out five. Clayton Nettleton threw two shutout innings in relief before giving way to Jake McLaughlin in the 9th. McLaughlin gave up six hits and six runs in the final inning, although only two were earned.
The offensive stats from Iowa for this game are beautiful to look at.
Game 2: Evansville 6, Iowa 0
This was a disaster. It appears as though Iowa used all of their hits in game one because a day after breaking out for 19 they were held to three hits. Izaya Fullard had two of those three hits and Tanner Wetrich added another, but outside of that, the Iowa bats were silent. The Hawks struck out 10 times and were shutout for the first time this season.
Cam Bauman got the start in game two and gave up four runs (two earned) in five innings. Duncan Davitt threw the final three innings, giving up two runs on three hits. The Hawks didn’t do themselves any favors in the field, committing four errors that led to two runs.
Game 3: Evansville 3, Iowa 1
The final game of the series was maybe the biggest disappointment of the season so far. Iowa managed eight hits and six walks and could only muster one run. They left 14 runners on base during the game with the only run coming from an Izaya Fullard RBI single in the 3rd inning.
Grant Judkins took his first loss of the season after giving up three runs and eight hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out five and only walked two, so that is an improvement over last week, at least. Evansville had four doubles in the final game of the series.
Iowa Batting Stats as of 3/11/19
Iowa Pitching Stats as of 3/11/19
There is not much to say following a series like that. After game one it looked like Iowa was going to follow up their series win over OSU with a sweep, instead, they got swept in the final two games of the series by a team that was picked to finish second to last in their conference.
Iowa is now 7-6 and will look to bounce back when they take on Cal State Northridge in a 4-games series this weekend in Iowa City. The weather appears to be cooperating, with temperatures expected to be in the mid 50s all weekend with no rain or snow in the forecast (knock on wood).