Iowa City, IA – Iowa dug out of a 5-0 hole in the second inning and ended with a bang to earn a series victory over 7th ranked Michigan. A two run homer by Austin Guzzo woke the bats up, cutting the lead to 5-3. In the 7th inning Chris Whelan’s solo shot tied the game at 5. A Wolverine error in the 9th allowed Ben Norman to reach second with two outs. That put Tyler Cropley at the plate, where his two run homer sent the Hawks to a 7-5 victory.
Iowa had a strong performance at the plate. The star was Tyler Cropley, going 3-5 with the walkoff homer. Chris Whelan was 2-5 with a solo homer, Austin Guzzo was 1-2 with a two run homer, and Matt Hoeg was 2-4 with an RBI double.
It was a rough start for Cole McDonald before he was removed with an injury. He pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing 5 earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out 4. The bullpen was strong, pitching shutout ball. Nick Nelsen pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing no runs on 3 hits and 1 walk. Zach Daniels was phenomenal going 4 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. He earned the win to improve to 5-1 on the season.
This win brings the Hawks to 25-14 and 9-7 in conference play. The Hawks have a busy week, with 5 home games in 6 days, starting with Missouri on Tuesday at 3pm.