The Iowa and Big Ten baseball record books were virtually rewritten Thursday night at Duane Banks Field.
Iowa set the record for runs in a conference game in its 30-16 victory over Indiana. The old mark was 22, by Wisconsin in 1989.
That was secondary to what Hawkeye redshirt sophomore Kyle Huckstorf did. He drove in a Big Ten-record 12 runs, hit three home runs in the span of two innings, and tied a league record with six hits.
“This is going to be the day that I take with me until I die,” said Huckstorf. “It will be stories that live on forever and I’ll have fun with it.
“I came out here with the same goal in mind, trying to barrel up the ball, hit it hard and as you see today, good things happen. The wind was in my favor, which was a good thing.”
Huckstorf was the No. 9 hitter in the Iowa lineup. He entered the game with one home run in 148 at-bats.
Adding to the craziness of the game, Iowa rallied from an 11-run deficit to win by 14. The Hoosiers led 13-2 after three innings, and knocked out Hawkeye ace pitcher Adam Mazur after two frames.
“It was our time to pick Maz up because he has picked us up a lot,” said Huckstorf. “We needed him for that and we had his back today.”
Iowa scored 10 runs in the fourth inning, six on a pair of three-run homers to center field by Huckstorf. He hit a grand slam the next inning, and had a two-run single in the eighth inning.
The Hawkeyes had 23 hits. Eight different Hawkeyes drove in runs.
“Right when we got here in BP, we said it was going to be a good day to hit,” said Huckstorf. “We said let’s go put up a bunch of runs … we put up 30.”
“You don’t see many like that, but that’s why you keep playing,” Iowa Coach Rick Heller said.
“We had guys that had phenomenal nights offensively. Huckstorf was incredible. You don’t see that, that’s a once or twice a career-type game. It came in a game that was meaningful against a quality opponent.”
Iowa’s 30 runs weren’t a program-record. The Hawkeyes scored 32 against Quincy in 1989.
In table-setting, Michael Seegers broke Iowa’s record for walks in a game with five.
The game lasted 4 hours and 35 minutes. The two teams play again Friday night at 6:05 and Saturday at 8:02 p.m. (ESPNU) to close the regular season. Iowa is 31-17 overall, and is tied for third in the Big Ten at 15-7.
(The quotes in this story were provided by Iowa’s sports information office.)
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