Olympic Sports Roundup: 5/25 (More Baseball!)

By erut17 on May 25, 2022 at 10:37 am
go hawks go
@UIBaseball (Twitter)
6 Comments

If I told you Iowa ace Adam Mazur was going to be knocked around to start Iowa's final regular-season series, the Hawks were going to be down 13-2 after three innings, and that the game ended in a blowout, no one would hold it against you to imagine a demoralizing Hawkeye defeat.

You also would be dead wrong.

Instead, the Iowa baseball team put together an offensive performance Hawkeye football could (mostly) only dream of, roaring back from a double-digit deficit to set Big Ten offensive records and set the tone for a highly successful baseball weekend. Let's take a closer look.

  • Like we mentioned at the top, it was a rare off outing for Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Adam Mazur in Game 1 against Indiana. Mazur lasted only two innings and the Hawks were down 13-2 after three innings. It looked like a night to forget. 
  • Instead, the Hawks turned it into a night to remember, storming back to ultimately put up 30 (!!) runs and win 30-16. The offense kicked into high gear in the 4th inning, putting up 10 runs. Kyle Huckstorf hit a 3-run bomb to start the scoring, followed by a 2-run shot from Keaton Anthony. Iowa kept the line moving until Huckstorf came up for his second AB of the inning, where he proceeded to smash another three-run bomb and make it a 13-12 game. The Hoosiers scored in the top of the 5th inning, building their lead until Huckstorf stepped to the plate in the 5th inning and decided that 3 RBI in an at-bat was child's play and launched a grand slam, giving him 3 home runs and 10 RBI on the day and putting the Hawks up 16-14. 
  • Iowa didn't slow down once they pulled ahead, plating three more runs in the 6th inning and six more in the 7th inning, including a three-run homer from Sam Peterson. Now up 25-16, Iowa kept the pedal to the floor in the 8th inning, scoring five more runs to set a school record 30 runs in conference play. Huckstorff drove in two more runs in the 8th inning, giving him a Big Ten-record 12 RBI in the game and tying the Big Ten record with six hits in a game. 
  • There are silly numbers all over the place in this game, but the main takeaway is that Heller's boys don't quit. On a night when their ace struggled and they faced a double-digit deficit in the first three innings, no one would have blamed them for shutting it down and coming back to fight another day. Instead, the Hawks dug deep and put together a performance for the history books to come away with the win. It's not how you would draw it up, but it's a hell of a way to build some momentum. Mazur wasn't going to be invincible forever, but I'm far more inclined to consider this a fluke than a sign of things to come. He's too good of a pitcher (did I mention Big Ten Pitcher of the Year?) to expect another poor start, and seeing his offense have his back on a rough night has to help him flush a bad outing.
  • Lost in all of the spectacle is the fact that this was a game the Hawks needed to have. Their place in the NCAA Tournament is still shaky and every single win helps to put them on steadier ground. 

 

  • The Hawkeye bats continued their hot streak in game two and the pitching staff put together a performance to match. Iowa pitchers held the Hoosiers to only three hits, led by 5.1 no-hit innings from starter Dylan Nedved.
  • The bats continued to put up crooked numbers, scoring four runs in both the 4th and 5th innings, en route to a 12-0 win. Keaton Anthony hit his 13th home run of the season, Michael Seegers drove in 4 RBI (after walking five times in game 1), and Sam Peterson homered again as part of a complete Hawkeye performance. The win secured another series victory for the Hawks and put another impressive performance on their tournament resume. It wasn't as insane as the previous night's win, but it was a far more complete performance for the team and showed what the Hawks can do at their best.
  • After blowing IU out in the first two games, the Hawks showed they could get it done with finesse in game three, besting the Hoosiers 2-1 in a pitcher's duel. Keaton Anthony homered to give Iowa the early 1-0 lead and found an insurance run off a wild pitch in the 5th inning. 
  • That was all the support the Iowa pitching staff needed, as Ty Langenberg put together a productive start, pitching four shutout innings. Connor Schultz and Ben Beutel came on in relief, holding the Hoosiers to a single run and only eight hits. The Hoosiers threatened in the 8th and 9th innings, but Beutel worked his way out of the jams to secure the Hawkeye win.
  • The weekend sweep earned the Hawks the #3 seed at this week's Big Ten Tournament. It's a strong finish to what started as an inconsistent year for Iowa. They put together a solid resume for an NCAA bid, but a few wins this week (and a championship if we're going to be honest about it) would go a long way toward securing a regional bid. 

 

  • Iowa certainly has the roster to make a Big Ten Tournament run. They've got Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Adam Mazur, Big Ten Freshman of the Year Keaton Anthony and a slew of consistent seniors ready to contribute. Pair that with a ton of other solid players and there's no reason Iowa can't make a run this week and find themselves in a regional in a few weeks.
  • The Hawks will start their tournament against Penn State this afternoon at 5 PM CT (due to inclement morning weather delaying the originally planned 9 AM start)

 

6 Comments
View 6 Comments