Iowa baseball started its fall season with a pair of easy wins. The Hawkeyes took down Southeastern Community College 23-6 on Thursday and won 12-7 over the Ontario Blue Jays on Friday.
Thursday's affair was highlighted by 25 hits, including a Tanner Wetrich home run and Connor McCaffery going 6-for-8 with a double, two steals and four RBIs. Cole McDonald, Iowa's top returning starter, struck out four over a two-inning start.
ICYMI... redshirt freshman @connor_m30 had six hits in the fall opener last night against Southeastern CC... finishing 6-for-8 with one double, two steals, and four RBIs! #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/HZyLo6JW7R— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) September 21, 2018
On Friday, Iowa scored 12 runs on six hits. Izaya Fullard, a Kirkwood Community College transfer, recorded two of those hits. Grant Leonard was one of seven Hawkeye pitchers as he struck out one over two perfect innings.
The Hawkeyes also received news that expected shortstop starter Kyle Crowl has left the program, though it's unclear whether he is transferring. Iowa had a logjam in the infield last season, so this may open up playing time for Tanner Wetrich, Zion Pettigrew, and any JUCO transfers/freshmen who emerge during fall ball.
Iowa also introduced some new gear:
Upcoming: Iowa Scout Day (FRI)
No. 13 Field Hockey (8-2, 1-1)
Iowa field hockey split a pair of games against ranked opponents last week, starting with a 2-0 loss at No. 14 Northwestern on Friday. The week got better on Saturday as Iowa defeated California 4-1 on Saturday in Evanston.
Against Northwestern, Iowa was out-shot 7-4, including 5-2 on shots on goal. The Wildcats also racked up five more penalty corners. Despite the loss, Leslie Speight saved three shots.
Iowa's offense found a rhythm early against Cal, with Katie Birch netting a goal 11:14 into the game. Maddy Murphy added Iowa's second goal of the first half, though the Golden Bears scored before halftime, too. Lokke Stribos and Makenna Grewe added a couple of second-half insurance goals for the Hawkeyes. As a team, Iowa had three more shots but both teams had five shots on goal. Speight finished with four saves.
Upcoming: @Michigan State (FRI), @No. 23 Ohio State (SUN)
Volleyball (9-4, 1-1)
Iowa volleyball began Big Ten play by splitting a pair of games at home. It swept Michigan State 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 26-24) on Friday but fell 3-1 (25-22, 28-30, 25-23, 25-22) to No. 18 Michigan on Sunday.
Brie Orr paved the way against the Spartans with 31 assists and two aces, while Molly Kelly also served two aces to go along with nine digs. Cali Hoye finished with a team-high 10 kills, also adding four assists and an ace. In the third set, the Hawkeyes nearly blew a 20-16 lead, allowing the Spartans to take a 23-22 lead. However, Iowa won four of the final five points, highlighted by back-to-back kills from Reghan Coyle and Orr.
Orr racked up 51 assists in the loss, with Kelly adding 29 digs and two aces in the loss to Michigan. Amiya Jones finished with a team-best eight blocks and Hoye added 22 kills and an ace. In the Hawkeyes' lone set win, they had to come back from a 13-8 deficit. It proceeded to go on a 9-2 run, while eventually saving two match points later in the set.
Upcoming: @Illinois (FRI), @Northwestern (SUN)
Kareem Allaf, Will Davies, Jonas Larsen and Piotr Smietana represented Iowa at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic from Thursday to Saturday.
Third-seeded Allaf, Davies and Smietana all won on Day One, along with doubles partner Davies/Smietana. However, Jonas Larsen fell in three sets and Larsen/Allaf lost in doubles play. Smietana was knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 32 the next day, though Allaf and Davies both had straight-set victories. Allaf was upset later in the day, however, Davies took down No. 5 Alexandre Ribeiro, of Virginia Tech, 6-3, 6-3. Davies/Smietana also advanced in the doubles bracket.
Davies took No. 9 Luca Wiedenmann, of Tennessee, to three sets but ultimately fell 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. He and Smietana lost 6-3 in the doubles Round of 16, as well.
Upcoming: ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Sept. 29-Oct. 8)
Soccer (5-4-2, 1-2-1)
Iowa soccer avoided losing in two home matches, while also picking up its first win. The week started with a 1-1 draw against Purdue on Thursday, followed by defeating Indiana 3-1 on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes conceded a goal 18:52 into the game against Purdue and failed to answer until midway through the second half. Natalie Winters salvaged the draw with a goal in the 62nd minute. Iowa had three more shots but both teams finished with five shots on goal.
Cora Meyers and Claire Graves both played a half in net for Iowa as they combined to save five shots in the 3-1 win. Offensively, Hailey Rydberg scored in the 12th minute to give Iowa an early lead. Indiana scored seven minutes later, but Iowa took a lead into halftime thanks to Rose Ripslinger scoring seven minutes before half. Winters added her second goal of the week less than a minute into the second half.
Upcoming: @Ohio State (THU), @Penn State (SUN)
The Hawkeyes cruised to an 8-1 win over Des Moines Area Community College on Friday. Allison Doocy and Sarah Lehman each struck out five over three-inning outings. At the plate, Miranda Schulte had four hits and Mallory Kilian recorded two.
Our time is now pic.twitter.com/bUrBHMDgOm— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) September 21, 2018
Upcoming: Big Four Classic (SAt-SUN)
Alex Schaake was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week last week after finishing second at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sept. 16-18. He shot five-under-par to help Iowa finish second in the team standings, as well. Iowa is now No. 28 in the nation.
Upcoming: Marquette Intercollegiate in Erin, Wisconsin (SUN-TUE)