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Hawkeyes win mid-week, but go winless at the Jax College Baseball Classic

The Iowa Hawkeyes opened week two of their 2024 season with a mid-week game against Loras College before heading down to Florida for the Jacksonville College Baseball Classic against #21 Auburn, #13 Virginia and Wichita State.


Now, let's recap the Hawkeyes week.

Game 1: Iowa 20, Loras College 6

Two years ago, Loras College stunned Iowa at home, but on Tuesday, the offense quickly removed any doubt of that happening again. Raider Tello continued his hot start to the season with a two run home run in the first inning. That was just the start of the Hawkeyes onslaught. In the second inning, Iowa erupted for eight runs on seven hits, with four of those being doubles. In case you were left wanting more, Kyle Huckstorf hit a grand slam in the fourth.

On the mound, Iowa went with true freshman lefty Elliot Cadieux-Lanoue. He gave the Hawkeyes two scoreless innings, including his first career collegiate strikeout. Out of the bullpen, Iowa got scoreless innings from Chas Wheatley, Jack Young, Brant Hogue and Drew Deremer.

Offensively, the Hawkeyes had ten batters record a hit. Reese Moore led the way, reaching base five times, including three extra base hits and a pair of walks. He also drove in three and scored three. Sam Petersen recorded a hit in all three of his at bats, while Ben Wilmes had a multi-hit game and scored three runs.

Game 2: Auburn 7, Iowa 5

Facing their first real test of the season, Iowa gave the ball to Brody Brecht. The junior righty delivered and gave Rick Heller everything he wanted. A pair of strikeouts in each of the first two innings gave him four early on. A pair of walks in the fourth brought up Ike Irish and he got Auburn on the board with a single up the middle. Brecht settled down in the next two innings going three up three down. Ike Irish reached on an error to start the sixth and came around to score, but that was all they got.

Brecht's Line: (ND) 6.0 IP / 2 H / 2 R / 1 ER / 4 BB / 11 K / 99 P.

Iowa led by one entering the seventh inning and Jack Whitlock was called upon to hold the lead. However, things went south very quickly. Mason Maners greeted him with a game tying home run and Bobby Peirce later gave Auburn the lead with a two run blast. In total, the Tigers sent eight to the plate while scoring three runs to take the lead.

Whitlock's Line: (L) 0.2 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 0 BB / 0 K / 32 P.

Auburn added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning when Christian Hall sent a no doubter over the right field wall. Cooper Weiss then brought in another with a sacrifice fly and that ended up being all the Tigers needed.

Offensively, the Hawkeyes struggled against SEC pitching, coming away with nine scattered hits on the night. Sam Petersen kept Iowa alive in the ninth with a two out two run opposite field home run, but Raider Tello grounded out to end the game.  

Game 3: Virginia 12, Iowa 9

As bad as Friday night had to hurt, Saturday had to sting just as bad, or even worse. The Hawkeyes got out to a fast start against Virginia. The first six batters all reached and Iowa hit for the team cycle on their way to a six run frame capped by a Kyle Huckstorf three run home run. Seegers, Petersen, Tello and Cop all recorded multiple hits for Rick Heller’s team.  

Most times, that would be all Marcus Morgan needs. That was not the case on this night. He struggled with his command all night, walking five and allowing four runs over just three innings. Anthony Watts took over for Morgan in the fourth and was immediately thrown in the fire. The Cavaliers scored five runs in the frame and the game was tied at seven. Watts did settle in nicely after that, striking out 9 Virginia hitters.

While Watts settled, so did Virginia reliever Jay Woolfolk. He took over for Jack O’Connor who lasted just three innings while giving up eight runs. Woolfolk gave the Cavaliers a heroic 4.1 innings with an unearned run ashis only blemish. Ethan Anderson and Casey Saucke both homered as Virginia climbed back into the game and Henry Ford delivered the big blow late with a ninth inning, two out, two run single.

Game 4: Wichita State 12, Iowa 6

Sunday was more of the same for the Hawkeyes as they lost to Wichita State. Cade Obermueller took the mound for Iowa, as they hoped to avoid a winless weekend. He delivered with five scoreless innings and handed the ball off the bullpen with a five run lead.

Obermueller’s Line: (ND) 5.0 IP / 0 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 6 K / 85 P.

The Hawkeyes did not score in the first, however, they did put up four runs in the second without an extra base hit. A walk, hit by pitch and four singles claimed the lead. Things started to turn in the sixth when Reece Beuter took the bump. A lead-off double, a two out hit by pitch and a Josh Livingston pinch hit three run homer made it a two run game. Jack Whitlock struggled in the seventh and was pulled after the game was tied. Seth Stroh then hit a go ahead three run homer off new reliever Ben DeTaeye to make it 8-5. Iowa got one back in the seventh, but Jordan Rogers blew things wide open with an eighth inning grand slam off Elliot Cadieux-Lanoue.

Up next, Iowa returns to Duane Banks Field for a mid-week matchup against Northern Illinois on Tuesday at 4:05pm CT.

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