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Iowa dominates mid-week, wins two out of three at Purdue

By Jack Delperdang

The Iowa Hawkeyes opened week six of their 2024 season with a mid-week game against Grand View before heading to West Lafayette for a three game set against Purdue. Now, let's recap the Hawkeyes week.

Game 1: Iowa 25, Grand View 3

Game 2: Purdue 10, Iowa 3

The Hawkeyes travelled to West Lafayette for a three game set at Purdue to open up conference play. Brody Brecht took the hill and gave six runs (three unearned) over five innings. The Boilermakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first when the first four batters reached. Brecht settled down and kept Iowa in it, retiring six of the next seven, but things went south again in the fourth. After the Hawkeyes got a run back in the top half, a trio of errors was their demise as Purdue made it 6-1. This ended up being one of the lower strikeout number games in his career.

Brecht's Line: (L) 5.0 IP / 7 H / 6 R / 3 ER / 3 BB / 3 K / 91 P.

Offensively, Iowa was unable to get much going against Jordan Morales. The senior lefty struck out nine over seven dominant innings of one run ball. Andy Nelson hit a two run homer in the eighth, but it was far too late. Davis Cop reached base twice, however the Hawkeyes had just six hits total with no other hitter recording more than one.

Game 3: Iowa 4, Purdue 3

Saturday was an early make or break game for the Hawkeyes and for a second consecutive weekend, Rick Heller gave the ball to Cade Obermueller. Before he even took the mound he was given a 2-0 lead thanks to a Davis Cop single that scored a pair. The lead did not last long. Camden Gasser walked and Luke Gaffney hit a two run homer to tie things up. Obermueller battled command issues, but powered through to get things to the middle innings tied at three.

Obermueller’s Line: (ND) 5.0 IP / 4 H / 3 ER / 4 BB / 4 K / 91 P.

With the pressure on for a struggling bullpen to not lose the series, some names that have not been called upon for weekend games stepped up. Aaron Savary put up a clean first inning and they were then given a lead to hold when Davis Cop came through with a go ahead single. A shut-down inning later and it was time to stretch. After conceding a single and walk with one out, Jack Young entered. A hit by pitch loaded the bases, but a strikeout and flyout were enough to maintain the one run advantage. Ben DeTaeye had a 1-2-3- ninth inning aided by a Kyle Huckstorf over the shoulder catch to seal the deal.

Game 4: Iowa 9, Purdue 6

Sunday started off as a pitcher's dual with Marcus Morgan and Jonathan Blackwell trading zeroes through two and a half innings. The Boilermakers took the lead on a Keenan Spence double and tacked on another when Mike Bolton Jr. bunted and reached on an error. Raider Tello doubled to start the fourth and Davis Cop brought him home to cut into the lead. Morgan lasted into the fifth, but was replaced by Jack Whitlock.

Morgan’s Line: (L) 4.2 IP / 2 H / 3 ER / 4 BB / 3 K / 85 P.

The Hawkeyes scored four in the fifth to make it 5-2 on an Andy Nelson three run homer and a Davis Cop single. Purdue threatened right back, scoring one on a bases loaded walk. That was all they would get as Jack Whitlock struck out Couper Cornblum to end the inning and leave them loaded. Nelson then doubled home two more in the sixth, giving him a five RBI day. Sam Petersen singled him home and later came in to score on a Davis Cop groundout. The lead was a seemingly comfortable 9-3.

A 1-2-3 shut-down inning from Whitlock in the sixth kept things status quo. Anthony Watts entered in the seventh and gave up an unearned run, but struck out two with runners on second and third to keep the Boilermakers at an arm's distance. Keenen Spence hit a two run homer in the eighth to make it 9-6 and Jack Young came in once again. A flyout ended the inning and a 1-2-3 ninth started Big Ten play with a series win.

Up next, Iowa travels to Normal, IL for a mid-week matchup against Illinois State on Tuesday at 5:00 pm CT.

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