JON’S TAKE: I love golf and have paid attention to the Iowa golf team since the early 1990’s, when a few of my childhood friends were on the team, namely Sean and Chad McCarty. I am very pleased with what Mark Hankins is doing with this program and he has Iowa off to one of its best starts to a season since those McCarty-led 1990’s Iowa teams. The 1992 Hawkeyes were the last two win a Big Ten title and this year’s Iowa team might be the one to snap that title drought. Iowa held off 8th ranked Illinois to win the Boilermaker Classic by one stroke. UCLA (ranked 15th) finished third and Kent State finished 8th and they received votes in last week’s poll. Iowa didn’t receive any votes, but that’s going to change soon.
Iowa’s baseball team won it’s second straight series, taking two of three from Minnesota. An error led to the loss on Friday but the Hawks won games on Saturday and Sunday. They surrendered a 10-run lead late against Northwestern a week back, otherwise Iowa would riding a real nice winning streak. Check out the releases from Sports Information below.
WEST LAFAYAETTE, Ind. – The University of Iowa men’s golf team won the Boilermaker Invitational for the second consecutive season on Sunday, capturing its second tournament title is as many weeks. The Hawkeyes carded a one-over-par 54-hole score of 865, with a 14-under-par final round score of 274, tied for the second-best team 18-hole score in program history.
Senior Steven Ihm, who began the day in a tie for 10th place, defended his 2013 title with a seven-under-par 209 (72, 73, 64), posting a career-best eight-under-par 64 in his final round. Ihm birdied seven of his first eight holes to begin the final day en route to posting the second-best individual 18-hole score in program history.
“It feels good to get another win and to have the team playing well this time of the year,” said Ihm, the reigning Big Ten Golfer of the Week. “We played well on a tough course with a tough field. Today, things just clicked, and I was able to get on a roll and ride the momentum throughout my final round.”
The victory, which is the fourth of Ihm’s career, comes one week after he won the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational in Iowa City.
Freshman Raymond Knoll ended the tournament in a tie for sixth, the best finish of his career. Knoll carded a one-under-par 215 (78, 71, 66). Knoll’s final round score, a six-under-par 66, was the best of his career. Knoll played his last 18 holes bogey-free, notching six birdies in the process.
“I played steady and didn’t make many mistakes today,” said Knoll. “I was able to stay away from bogeys in my final round. Whenever I did make mistakes, I made them in the right places and was able to recover.”
Junior Ian Vandersee finished in a tie for 11th after posting a two-over-par total score of 218 (76, 72, 70). Vandersee birdied 11 holes over three rounds.
Junior Brian Bullington carded an eight-over-par 224 (74, 76, 74) in three rounds, finishing in a tie for 39th. Bullington earned par on 34 of 54 holes.
Freshman Carson Schaake finished 51st after firing a 11-over-par 227 (78, 75, 74).
Head coach Mark Hankins earned his 11th tournament title while at the helm of the Hawkeyes.
“Our guys were able to stay in the present and focus in on their individual goals today. The course was in good shape, and we took advantage,” said Hankins. “Steven came out today and wasn’t afraid to go low. He’s had a lot of good rounds, but today’s was one of the better rounds he’s ever played.”
Iowa has recorded top finishes in all five of its events this spring, winning two tournament titles (Hawkeye-GRE, Boilermaker Invitational). The Hawkeyes placed fourth at the Big Ten Match Play Championships, won the Big Four Championship, and finished runner-up at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
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1. IOWA – 865 (+1)
2. Illinois – 866 (+2)
3. UCLA – 871 (+7)
4. Louisville – 875 (+11)
5.Ohio State – 879 (+15)
6. Northwestern – 883 (+19)
7. Purdue – 888 (+24)
8. Kent State – 889 (+25)
T9. Michigan State – 895 (+31)
T9. Indiana – 299 (+31)
11. Wichita State – 897 (+33)
T12. Miami (OH) – 904 (+40)
T12. Northern Illinois – 904 (+40)
14. Toledo – 909 (+45)
15. Drake – 918 (+54)
Junior Dan Potempa’s three-run blast highlighted a six-run seventh inning, lifting the University of Iowa baseball team to a 7-6 victory and series win over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field. The Hawkeyes won the final two games to claim their first series win over the Gophers since 2005.
“This was a big win for us, two comeback wins in a row,” said UI head coach Rick Heller. “I couldn’t be prouder of our guys’ effort. Both (yesterday and today) were games where if you let down just because things weren’t going your way, you’d lose those game, but our guys kept fighting and playing hard.
“It was a great weekend, and I want to thank all the people that came out because we had great crowds all weekend long.”
It is Iowa’s second-straight Big Ten series victory after taking 2-of-3 at Northwestern on April 11-12. The victory moves the team’s record to 22-15 overall and 7-8 in league play. The 22 wins match last season’s total.
After being snake-bitten with rocket line-outs to Minnesota third baseman Tony Skjetfte to leave runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Hawkeyes bats exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“We had three line drives that were smoked right at their third baseman with runners in scoring position,” said Heller. “It looked like it was never going to happen, but our guys kept playing. They kept finding a way to get on base until we finally got the big hit.”
Juniors Nick Day and Eric Toole led off the frame with consecutive singles before junior Jake Yacinich singled through the right side to cut the deficit to 3-1. After the Gophers went to Dalton Sawyer in relief, junior Dan Potempa hit a no-doubt, three-run home run over the mound beyond the fence in left field to give the Hawkeyes a 4-3 lead.
Iowa wasn’t done.
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Following a Taylor Zeutenhorst opposite field double down the left field line and a Jimmy Frankos walk, junior Kris Goodman narrowly missed Iowa’s second home run of the inning, roping an RBI double 3/4 of the way off the left field fence. Sophomore Nick Roscetti drove in the sixth run, plating Frankos from third on a safety squeeze to stretch the Iowa lead to 6-3.
Iowa added what proved to be a critical insurance run in the eighth when Potempa roped an RBI double into the left centerfield gap, plating Toole, who led off the inning with a bunt single.
Minnesota (19-16, 6-9) rallied in the top of the ninth, pushing three runs across the plate to make the game interesting. With one out, Dan Motl and Jake Bergren had back-to-back singles before Nick Hibbing got Skjefte to fly out to center field for the second out. Following an RBI single by Connor Schaefbauer, Iowa went to closer Tyler Radtke, but the rally continued.
Dan Olinger and Mark Tatera had consecutive singles — a dribbler the right side and a bloop single to right field — to cut the lead to 7-6. Radtke got out of the jam, getting Austin Athmann to hit a hard grounder to Yacinich at short, where he got the force out as second base to end the contest.
Hibbing (2-1) picked up the victory, allowing three runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts against zero walks in the outing. Radtke recorded the final out to get his second save of the season. UI starter Tyler Peyton allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings before leaving with an injury in the seventh.
Iowa finished with 11 hits in the contest with four players — Toole (2-for-5, 2 runs), Mangler (2-for-5), Potempa (2-for-5, 4 RBIs, 1 run) and Zeutenhorst (2-for-4, 1 run) — posting multi-hit games. Potempa’s home run was his second of the season, and he tied a career-high with four RBIs.
Sawyer (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. Gopher starter Neal Kunik was solid in his first start of the year, tossing six scoreless inning and scattering three hits.
Peyton wasn’t sharp early, allowing the Gophers to jump out to a two-run lead and tally six hits over the first three innings. Schaefbauer’s RBI single in the first gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead before Tatera connected on a solo home run to right field in the third.
Minnesota tacked on its third run in the top of the seventh inning after Motl tripled to lead off the frame before scoring on a Skjefte’s single with the infield in through the left side.
Iowa (22-15, 7-8) returns to action Wednesday at Creighton. The game will be played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., beginning at 6:36 p.m., and it will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.