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Iowa baseball notes: Mitchell Boe's bat key against Nebraska

Cole McDonald on the wrong end of weather again, Hawkeyes have chance to move up in B1G, and more

Iowa's Mitchell Boe hits a 2-RBI double during a game at Duane Banks Field last season. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa's Mitchell Boe hits a 2-RBI double during a game at Duane Banks Field last season. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Iowa junior second baseman Mitchell Boe entered game one of Friday’s doubleheader with nine runs driven in during 82 at bats this season. He reached double digits with three RBIs in game one. His two-run double in the third was the game-winning hit.

Boe added a run-scoring single in the eighth, his 12th of the season, as Iowa tacked on four more runs to seal a 7-1 win. Nebraska took the nightcap, 10-4.

— Iowa junior Cole McDonald has been on the wrong end of the weather now twice in four weeks. Iowa’s series finale against Indiana in Iowa City that McDonald was scheduled to start was canceled by snow. The New Hampton native had his scheduled start Sunday canceled by poor weather anticipated in Lincoln.

Planning to pitch, even in lousy weather, has become routine for McDonald.

“I just plan ahead. The last three, four weeks has been the same,” McDonald said Friday. “I now expect it to be terrible weather, cold. I just go with it. You’ve just got to adapt, be ready to go.”

— Iowa scored seven unanswered runs after giving up an unearned run in the top of the first in game one Friday. Those seven runs allowed the Hawkeyes to improve to 16-0 this season when leading after six innings.

— With seven strong innings in game one Friday, junior Nick Allgeyer lowered his earned run average to 2.05 in a team-best 57 innings pitched. Nebraska’s lone run in game one came as a result of an Iowa error in the first. Allgeyer is now fourth in the Big Ten in ERA and second in innings pitched.

— Robert Neustrom hit safely in both games Friday, going 1-for-5 in game one and 2-for-4 in game two. He’s now hit safely in 30 of 32 games, and has a team-best 13 multi-hit games. His first-inning home run in game two, a blast to the berm in deep right-center field into the teeth of a strong south wind blowing in from right field, was his team-best sixth of the season.

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— Iowa’s 10 hits in game one was the 14th time this season the Hawkeyes have had 10 or more hits in a game this season. Between Wednesday’s 16-1 win over Coe and Friday’s game one win over Nebraska, the Hawkeyes combined for 27 hits and 23 runs.

— Junior Chris Whelan continued his solid work at the plate since returning from injury. Whelan was 2-for-5 in game one, his seventh multi-hit game in 17 games this season. His .342 average is third-best on the team.

— Iowa pitchers effectively neutralized one of the hottest hitters in the Big Ten and the country in Nebraska’s Scott Schreiber during both games Friday. Schreiber entered Friday’s games as the reigning Big Ten player of the week. In 18 games prior to Friday, Schreiber had gone 39-for-75 (.520) with 10 home runs, 24 RBIs and 27 runs.

Schreieber was 1-for-2, his hit a single, in game one, reaching twice on Iowa errors and one walk. In game two, he was 1-for-3, with a one-out, bases-empty double in the first that Iowa starter Brady Schanuel worked around, with a walk.

— Iowa has now had four games canceled this season, and two in five days in the past week.

— With Friday’s split, Iowa is now 6-4 in the Big Ten, in fifth place alone. Michigan is 7-0 in the league, with Minnesota second at 6-1, Indiana in third at 5-2 and Illinois fourth at 7-3. Iowa took two of three from Illinois at the end of March in Champaign and split a pair with Indiana in a weather-altered series in Iowa City.

— The Hawkeyes have golden opportunities the next two weekends to make a push toward the top of the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes are in Minneapolis for a three-game series with Minnesota this coming Friday through Sunday. In two weeks, Iowa hosts Michigan for a three-game series, April 27-29, at Duane Banks Field.

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