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Iowa Baseball Faces Top Seed in B1G Tourney

THIS WEEK

The University of Iowa baseball team heads to the 2014 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed, where it will square off against top-seeded Indiana on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CT).  The double elimination tournament will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha from May 21-25.

 

GAME COVERAGE

The Iowa-Indiana matchup will be televised on the Big Ten Network and as many as 12 games in the five-day tournament will be televised on the network. 

                All Hawkeye games will also be broadcast online via Hawkeye All-Access with Brent Balbinot on the call. 

 

LEADING OFF

• The Hawkeyes are making their ninth Big Ten Tournament appearance all-time and first since 2010.  Iowa is 7-16 all-time in the event, finishing as runner-up in 1983 and 2010.

• Iowa went 6-12 against the Big Ten Tournament field in 2014, taking 2-of-3 games from Nebraska and Minnesota, winning one game against Ohio State and Michigan and going 0-3 against Illinois and Indiana.

• Junior Jake Mangler is riding a 29-game reached base streak dating back to March 28 at Michigan.  The second baseman has hits in 25-of-the-29 games with 11 multi-hit games.

• Junior Jake Yacinich is second in the Big Ten in steals (24), batting average (.369), hits (73) and triples (4) and fourth in on-base percentage (.442) and runs (43).  The 24 steals are tied for the 13th-most in a single season in program history.

• The Hawkeyes have 23 home runs this season -- the most long balls since 2010 -- with seven players hitting at least one home run.  Senior Taylor Zeutenhorst has a nine homers -- the most jacks by a Hawkeye since 2009. 

• Junior Sasha Kuebel is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA over his last six appearances (five starts) -- since giving up five runs in the first in 1/3 inning against Indiana (4/6).  Kuebel has tied a career-high with six victories in 16 appearances this season.  He leads the Big Ten in strikeouts looking (26), is sixth in overall strikeouts (60) and 11th in innings (85 1/3).

• Sophomore Calvin Mathews pitched 1 2/3 innings against Purdue on May 17 -- his first appearance since leaving his April 26 start with a shoulder injury.  Mathews is 3-3 with a 2.79 ERA this season.

• Iowa erupted for 17 runs on a season-high 21 hits in its regular season finale at Purdue -- a 17-5 victory.  The Hawkeyes have scored 10+ runs 13 times, 15 or more five times and 17 three times this season, including twice in the last nine games (at Ohio State, May 4).

• Iowa finished with 29 victories during the regular season -- the most wins since 2010 (30 victories). 

• Yacinich has 73 hits this season -- the most since Kurtis Muller in 2010 (83).  The total ranks just outside the top-13 in school history (Ed Garton, 75, 1981). 

 

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