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Iowa City, Iowa -- Duane Banks Field
: 4:35 p.m.
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Tanner Wetrich in LF, but otherwise the same lineup for game two.
Final Score— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) March 11, 2018
Iowa 2, UNLV 11
Iowa had three hits and imploded in the sixth inning. It started the B6 up 2-1 and ended down 9-2. Rick Heller was ejected for the first time as Iowa's manager, too. Not much good to take from this game (Schanuel only gave up 2 ER in 5 IP, I guess). Really need to avoid the sweep tomorrow.
Iowa improved to 7-1 today. Allgeyer was dominant for a third straight start (0.96 ERA), and the top of the order did most of the work on offense.
Last year, Virginia Tech's RPI was 122. D1Baseball also picked it to finish near the bottom of the ACC. It's a P5 win, which is nice considering Iowa's non-con schedule is fairly weak compared to other teams, but I'm not sure it will be considered a "quality win" by the end of the year.
Old Dominion actually had an RPI of 51 and New Orleans was 114 last year. That said, ODU lost some key contributors, so it's being picked in the middle of C-USA, and NO is projected as a middle of the pack team in the Southland. Toledo and Oakland won't be good this year.
Iowa's top non-con opponents (Missouri St, Oklahoma State) come later in the year.
And yes, push it back past the semester into the summer.
Oops, I counted Iowa playing themselves haha. Good catch.
There two potential options
a) A fall ball season then break for winter and end the season same time as now. The problem with that is less rest from one season to the next, potentially leading to more injuries, especially for players who play in summer league.
b) Move the start of the season back so northern teams can play home games to start the season and practice outside before the start. That would force the MLB Draft to get pushed back, though. But it’s how college baseball can level the playing field because northern teams can schedule home games to start the season and practice outside before the start. Also it’d be more appealing for top recruits.
I don’t see either happening anytime soon, though.
Playing 13 conference weekend series would make the non-con schedule non-existent for the most part. Also because the season starts so early, there’s usually snow on the ground for most B1G schools for the first couple of months, forcing teams to travel to the South. Heller wants the start of the season to change, but the schools in the south obviously don’t because it gives them an advantage — practicing outside before the season, not having to travel, etc.