The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team tallied three wins this past weekend down in Port Charlotte, Florida which pushed their record to 7-6 on the spring.
Maine was the first opponent Iowa had to tackle on Friday and they did so with relative ease as they won 9-2. Iowa used a six run sixth inning to secure the victory for the Hawkeyes. Four Hawkeyes had two or more hits and the attack was very balanced on Friday. Iowa’s double play combo and also their two and three hitters, Jake Mangler and Jake Yacinich, lead the attack as they combined to go three for nine while driving in three runs.
Georgetown was the next team standing in Iowa’s way and they had little trouble with the Hoyas as they defeated them 7-2. Iowa used a big inning in this one as well as they scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth helping secure their sixth victory of the season. Senior Matt Dermody was phenomenal securing his third win of the season as he threw eight innings, giving up two earned runs on nine hits while striking out six and only walking one. The offensive attack was led by center fielder Kris Goodman, who went three for four, scored two runs, and drove in another.
The Hawkeyes looked to end the weekend undefeated and the only team standing in the way were the Mountaineers of West Virginia. It took the Hawkeyes 12 innings, but they managed to secure the victory 6-4. Left fielder Taylor Kaufman led the offensive attack as he totaled three hits and scored one run. Fellow corner outfielder Taylor Zeutenhorst was perfect on the day as he went 4 for 4. The teams were all square at four to four going into the top of the 12th until Blake Hickman broke he tie with a two rbi single that plated Dan Sheppard and Kaufman.
The Hawkeyes will come back home above .500 and will host Nebraska-Omaha in a three game series that starts this Friday at 4:05. Saturday and Sunday games will both start at 1:05. These games will be the first of the spring to be played at Duane Banks Field.