Mangler, Day, and Potempa honored by College Sports Madness
The 5 honorees are the most for the program since 2007
UI junior collected 8 hits in 11 at-bats in Iowa's series victory over Nebraska
The Hawkeyes fall to Michigan 7-1 at the Big Ten Tournament
The Iowa Hawkeyes face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Senior Day
Illinois 5, Iowa 1 Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Hawkeyes face Upper Iowa at Duane Banks Field
The Hawkeyes defeat Minnesota 7-6 to take the three game series
2014 Honors -- Third-team All-Big Ten. 2014 -- Appeared in 51 games with 48 starts, 46 as the designated hitter... ranked third on the team with a .330 (58-of-176) batting average with 40 RBIs and 15 runs scored... paced the team with 13 doubles and a .455 slugging percentage... ranked seventh in the Big Ten in on-base percentage (.413) and ninth in batting average (.330) and RBIs (40)... had 17 multi-hit (12 two-hit, five three-hit) games and 10 multi-RBI games... hitting .338 (23-of-68) with runners in scoring position and .373 against left-handers... had an eight-game hitting streak from Feb. 22-March 9 and a 19-game reached base streak from Feb. 22-March 30... had a pair of two-hit games at the Big Ten Tournament, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI against Indiana (5/21) and 2-for-4 against Michigan (5/23)... hit .364 (4-of-11) with two doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored against Purdue (5-15/17)... went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in the series finale... went 3-for-4 with one run and four RBIs against Upper Iowa (5/7) -- his third four-RBI game... connected on his third home run -- a two-run shot to left field... went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored in the series finale against Minnesota (4/20)... connected on a no-doubt three-run homer to give Iowa the lead and had an RBI double in the eighth... went 3-for-5 against Western Illinois (4/15)... hit .571 (4-of-7) with five RBIs, two doubles and two walks in two games against Kansas (4/8-9)... went 2-for-3 with a career-high four RBIs, including a bases clearing double, and 2-for-4 in game two... named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on March 24 after hitting .727 (8-of-11) in three-game series against Nebraska... had three multi-hit games, including a three-hit, three RBI game in the finale... went 2-for-3 with a double and his first career home run against Otterbein (3/17)... also had scored twice and had two RBIs... hit .385 in three games against Kansas State (5-of-13) with two RBIs and five total bases (3/7-3/9)... batted .429 in the Stetson Invitational (3-of-7) with three total bases (2/28-3/2)... finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in Iowa's 16-6 victory over Ball State (2/22)... batted .500 (2-of-4) with three RBIs in the opening series at Austin Peay... went 2-for-2 with two doubles, three RBIs and two walks in his first career action (2/15).
At Iowa Central Community College (2012 & 2013) -- Second Team NJCAA Region XI selection as a freshman... honorable mention all-region... hit .358 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 38 RBIs as a freshman and .291 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs as a sophomore... earned NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region honors.
High School -- Earned Illinois Coaches Association All-State, Chicago Tribune All-State, Chicago Sun Times All-State, Southtown All-Area, Tinley Junction All-Area, and all-conference honors as a senior after hitting .471 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs... also was an all-conference honoree as a junior after batting .421 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs... played junior and senior seasons at Providence Catholic High School... earned all-conference honors as a freshman and an honorable mention all-conference nod as a sophomore while playing at St. Rita High School... led team to Chicago Catholic Blue titles from 2009-11 and to state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011... played AAU ball for Illinois Sparks for six years... was a 2009 Perfect Game national champion for a team that was ranked No. 14 nationally... also played football where he was team offensive MVP as a senior and a two-time all-conference selection... high school coach was Mark Smith.
Personal -- Born Dec. 3, 1992... son of Robert and Debra Potempa... has two older siblings, Sean and Nora... majoring in sociology.