Iowa baseball won another series, taking two of three games at UAB. Ross went more in-depth with his recap of the series. The Hawkeyes planned on hosting Maryville on Tuesday, but Iowa City was hit with rain and snow.
On Wednesday, Iowa announced that Tyler Cropley was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list. There are currently 97 catchers nominated for the award, including six Big Ten catchers. The semifinalists will be named on May 16 before three finalists are chosen at the end of May.
Cropley has arguably been Iowa's best hitter this season, hitting .324/.444/.486 with a home run and a team-high 12 RBI. He also leads the team with three doubles, is second with 12 hits and has started all nine weekend games behind the plate as one of the best defensive catchers in the conference. Last season, the Big Ten named him to the All-Big Ten Second Team, though he garnered All-Tournament Team honors due to his stellar play in the Big Ten Tournament.
Upcoming: UNLV (FRI-SUN), Missouri State (WED)
Swin & Dive
Iowa's divers headed to the University of Minnesota to take part in the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships this past week.
Day One started with a pair of Hawkeyes making it to the three-meter final. Anton Hoherz (721.20) took 12th, though was less than two points away from 11th-place, and William Brenner (676.25) climbed up to 15th after taking 16th in the prelims. The women dove off the one-meter board, but Jayah Mathews was the only one to qualify for the finals. She kept her ninth-place prelim finish in the final, scoring 568.00 points to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The heights were flipped on day two. Brenner had more success on one-meter. He was in 10th heading into the finals but slipped to 12th (673.40) by less than five points. Hoherz (633.05) didn't have as strong of a showing, but he still qualified for the finals and took 16th. Mathews scored 291.60 points in the prelims, qualifying for the finals as the 17th of 18 divers. Her finals score of 601.80 points helped her jump to 16th, though.
Despite being 13th in the prelims on the the final day, Hoherz managed his best finish. He gave Iowa its only top-10 finisher, scoring 655.50 points for ninth-place on platform. Thelma Strandberg qualified for her second-career NCAA Championships with an eighth-place finish on platform. She scored 498.20 points, moving up two spots from the prelims.
Upcoming: NCAA Women's Championships (MAR 15-17), NCAA Men's Championships (MAR 22-24)
Over the weekend, No. 10 Iowa men's gymnastics hosted two ranked teams in No. 2 Penn State and No. 14 Arizona State. The Hawkeyes came away with the team title, scoring a season-high 404.050 points to Penn State's 396.550 and Arizona State's 376.150.
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Most of Iowa's success came later, though Mark Springett (13.900) started the meet with a second-place finish on floor. Andrew Herrador (13.250) took fifth. Iowa's strongest event this season has been pommel horse, and it showed on Saturday. Austin Hodges (14.050) won Iowa's first individual title of the night, while Bennet Huang (13.600), Nick Merryman (13.350) and Kevin Johnson (13.200) rounded out the top-four.
While Jake Brodarzon (14.150) barely missed an individual title on rings, Iowa scored a season-high 69.250 points. Springett (14.050) helped, too, with a fourth-place finish. The meet ended with Iowa winning an individual event title in each of the final three rotations. Dylan Ellsworth won vault (14.800) and rings (14.200), and Herrador (13.600) won high bar followed by Rogelio Vazquez (13.250) in third. Ellsworth's two event titles helped him take home the all-around title, too, scoring 80.350. Huang finished in second with 78.900 points.
Iowa's upset over Penn State didn't go unnoticed as the Big Ten named Ellsworth Gymnast of the Week and Huang Freshman of the Week. The NCAA gave Ellsworth NCAA Gymnast of the Week honors, as well.
Upcoming: #6 Minnesota, #11 Air Force (SUN)
On senior day, Iowa women's gymnastics easily defeated SEMO, 195.500-192.750. The Hawkeyes started quickly as Maria Ortiz (9.800) and Nikki Youd (9.750) finished first and second, respectively, on vault. Charlotte Sullivan (9.900) followed with an event title on bars, which was Iowa's best event as Melissa Zurawski (9.825) took second followed by Ortiz (9.800) in third.
On beam, Youd (9.875) scored the highest, followed by Sullivan (9.825), who won all-around with 38.600 points. Iowa ended the meet with co-champions on floor. Zurawski and Lanie Snyder each scored 9.925 points.
Later in the week, Iowa traveled to Texas to take on Texas Woman's University, losing 195.575-195.525. Despite the loss, Zurawski (9.875) quickly gave Iowa its first individual event title of the night on bars. Snyder (9.825) took third.
Snyder, along with Sullivan and Ortiz, all tied for third with 9.800 points on vault. Continuing her strong meet, Snyder (9.875) finished first on floor, as Nicole Chow, Sullivan and Zurawski (9.850) finished in third. Chow, who finished third in all-around, won the final event of the night, scoring 9.875 points on beam. Youd and Sullivan, who finished second in all-around, tied for third.
Upcoming: #25 Iowa State, #19 Missouri (FRI)
Iowa men's tennis (8-6) kept its No. 42 ranking with a 2-1 week. Cornell upset Iowa, 4-3, to start the week. After losing the doubles points, Iowa's top-three singles players each lost their match. Jonas Larsen and Will Davies won in straight sets, and Joe Tyler won in three sets. But it wasn't enough.
Iowa's biggest test of the week came on Sunday against No. 40 Oregon, and the Hawkeyes answered, winning 4-3. Piotr Smietana/Will Davies started the meet by shocking No. 16 Thomas Laurent/Cormac Clissold 7-5. Tyler/Jake Jacoby also won to give Iowa the doubles point. To secure the mini-upset, Smietana, Tyler and Davies each won in straight sets during singles play.
The week concluded with a shutout win over Omaha, 7-0. The Hawkeyes only dropped one set, and Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen dropped the fewest games in singles play (5).
Iowa has a couple of ranked doubles pairs. Davies/Smietana are currently ranked No. 51 and Allaf/Larsen come in at No. 54.
Upcoming: Texas Tech (MON)
Notre Dame women's tennis isn't ranked, but Iowa's 5-2 win snapped a 19-year drought against the Irish. After winning the doubles point, Yufei Long improved to 10-0 on the year by beating Notre Dame's No. 1 singles player, Brooke Broda, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Elise van Heuvelen, Zoe Douglas and Adorabol Huckleby each won, as well.
Iowa (8-4) couldn't upset No. 14 Northwestern, though, falling 6-1. Long lost her first match of the season, and Iowa couldn't salvage the doubles point. However, in doubles play, van Heuvelen/Anastasia Reimchen upset No. 13 Lee Or/Alex Chatt 6-3. Van Heuvelen upset No. 88 Or again in singles play 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to help Iowa avoid a shutout.
In their first week being paired together in doubles play, van Heuvelen and Anastasia Reimchen went 2-0. As a result, they're now ranked No. 49 in the ITA Doubles Rankings.
After sweeping the doubles point in Des Moines, the Hawkeyes won four of six singles matches over Iowa State, taking the match 5-2. Van Heuvelen and Reimchen won in straight sets on Wednesday night during singles play. Iowa extended its lead to 13-8 over Iowa State in the Cy-Hawk Series this season and is 37-0 all-time against the Cyclones in women's tennis.
Upcoming: @Penn State (WED)
Games against Cal State Fullerton and No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette were canceled due to rain at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California.
It took nine innings, but Iowa softball started the Classic losing 3-2 to Stanford. Allison Doocy pitched well, going 8.2 innings and allowing one earned run (three total). She also struck out eight batters. Despite solid pitching from Doocy, Iowa didn't give her enough run support. Iowa's only runs came when Stanford hit Brooke Rozier with bases loaded in the third, and Devin Cantu hit an RBI-single in the eighth.
The weekend continued with another close loss, 3-2 versus Cal Poly. Allie Wood hit her second home run of the season to give Iowa a 2-0 lead in the third. Iowa managed only two hits the rest of the game, though. Despite allowing eight hits, Lauren Shaw only allowed three runners to cross the plate in her 6.1 innings of work. Erin Riding pitched the final two outs for Iowa.
The weekend ended on a high note. Iowa defeated No. 8 Baylor, 3-1, giving them their first ranked win since 2015. Doocy struck out eight more batters in her complete game effort. Iowa's defense played well, too, as Doocy gave up eight hits but Iowa had no errors. Wood, who went 2-for-3, tied the game at one in the fourth with an RBI-double. However, McKenzie Schneider provided the heroics with her second-career home run in the seventh, driving in two.
Upcoming: Grand Canyon Invitational (SAT-MON)
It was another tough weekend out west for Iowa women's golf. The Hawkeyes finished 16th out of 17 teams at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, shooting 915, +51. Iowa had a decent start, finishing 13th after day one. Although, it fell to 15th after day two before dropping a final spot on day three.
Jessica Ip (224, +8) led Iowa with a 37th-place finish. She was followed by Shawn Rennegarbe (230, +14) in 59th, Morgan Kukla (232, +16) in 68th, Rachel Fujitani (234, +18) in 74th and Sarah Overton (236, +20) in 80th.
Upcoming: Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational (MAR 16-17)