For the fourth straight outing, the University of Iowa baseball team limited their opponent under five hits as they increased their record to 4-0 with a 3-1 win over Pepperdine. It was the start of the Kleberg Bank Classic and the Hawkeyes were strong from the batters box to the pitching mound. Interestingly enough, it was the fourth game of the season and the Hawkeyes allowed just four hits while in game three of the season they allowed three hits. In game two they allowed two hits and in the season opener, the Hawkeyes allowed just one hit.
In Texas, it was more of the same from the past three games and it was highlighted by surging ace Adam Mazur who nearly went the distance with 7 2/3 scoreless innings of work. Now with two outings under his belt, the South Dakota State transfer has amassed 18 strikeouts (nine each outing) over 13 2/3 innings. Adding in Dylan Nedved’s two K’s over the course of the last four batters, the Hawkeyes posted up 11 strikeouts, marking the fourth straight game of ten or more strikeouts as a team.
Offensively, the Hawkeyes were once again on point, posting up nine hits, three of which came from Wisconsin native Michael Seegers who ended the day driving in two of the teams’ three runs. It marked the second such three hit game for Seegers who set a career high with those two RBI. In all, six different Hawkeyes recorded at least one hit. Ty Snep recorded the third of three runs driven in the sixth inning with his first RBI of the season. Keaton Anthony recorded the second multi-hit outing of the day, his second multi-hit game of the season.
Next up for the Hawkeyes, they will continue the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi tomorrow (Saturday) as they take on the host school in the Islanders. That game will be moved up as due to weather concerns and will now commence at 4 p.m. from Whataburger Field. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 all-time against the Islanders, splitting a pair of contests in Lubbock Texas back in 2011 and a road win in 2013.