WHO: #8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes (31-22, 12-12 B1G) vs #5 seed Nebraska Cornhuskers (29-20, 15-9 B1G)
WHEN: Friday, May 24; approx. 11:30 AM CT
WHERE: Omaha, Nebraska (TD Ameritrade Park)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (check local listings), Hawkeye All Access ($), TuneIn Radio (free)
After their impressive win over #1 seed Indiana last night, Iowa tries to make it two wins in two tries in the Big Ten Tournament with a second-round match-up against Nebraska. The Huskers drilled Minnesota 8-2 in the nightcap Wednesday night and are on a pretty good run of form -- they've won five of their last six games, including two wins over a ranked Arizona State team and two wins over then-Big Ten frontrunner Michigan.
Iowa is starting RHP Grant Judkins, their usual Sunday starter in the weekend rotation, in this game, Judkins was 4-6 on the season, but led Iowa's regular starters in ERA (2.32) and opponent batting average (.219). He also posted a 64:29 K:BB ratio. He did struggle a bit more in some of his most recent starts (everyone on Iowa did, hence that lousy end to the regular season), but he has good stuff. In his previous start against Nebraska this year, Judkins went 7.0 innings and gave up three runs (only one earned) on three hits and no walks, while striking out four. Iowa lost that game 3-2. Nebraska is sending out LHP Nate Fisher, who has a 6-3 record on the season and 3.04 ERA. Like Judkins, Fisher led the Huskers in ERA (3.04) and opponent batting average (.224). He did get lit up when he faced Iowa earlier this season, though -- he lasted 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on five hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and a hit batter. Iowa ended up winning that game 17-9.
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