Seniors pound out 14 of Iowa's 17 hits
Iowa earns first victory over ranked opponent since 2009
Hawkeyes and Boilermakers open series Thursday night at Duane Banks Field
Keppler extends hit streak to 10 games
Hawkeyes and Spartans open set Friday at 2:05 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
2012 Second Team All-Big Ten
Hawk Item -- Named second team All-Big Ten as a senior... played summer ball in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo Bucks (2009-2010)... played summer ball in the Iowa Valley League for Fairfax (2008).
2012 Honors -- Named second team All-Big Ten. 2012 -- Appeared in 43 games with 37 starts, which ranked fourth most on the team... made 22 starts in left and eight at DH... ranked second on the team with a .345 batting average... accumulated 50 hits, 24 runs, 22 RBI, 11 walks, six doubles, one home run and a triple... ranked second on the team with a .337 batting average in conference games... tied for third on the team with 15 multi-hit games, including five, three-hit contests... notched five multiple-RBI games and enjoyed an 11-game hitting streak, which was the second-longest for any Iowa player in 2012... reached base in the final 13 games of the year... was named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 9 after collecting 11 hits in 15 at-bats (.733) over five games against South Dakota State and Nebraska from April 3-8, while driving in seven runs and scoring five... led the team with 17 starts in the cleanup spot... stole two bases... hit .349 at Duane Banks Field... led the team with 10, two-out RBI... also made three appearances on the mound... all his RBI came in last 33 games.
2011 -- Played in 42 games with 30 starts... started 20 contests at first base, five in left field and five at DH... hit .208, tallying 25 hits in 125 at-bats... scored 14 runs... recorded five doubles, one triple and one home run to go along with 15 RBI... went 3-for-4 and recorded a career and team season-high four RBI against Coe College (Apr. 6)... notched one stolen base... tallied 11 walks... recorded five multi-hit games and three multiple RBI contests... hit .288 at home and .440 as leadoff hitter... notched four two-out RBI... went 2-for-7 (.286) as a pinch hitter... made nine appearances on the mound, all in relief... finished with a record of 1-1... recorded a 4.41 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched... tallied 12 strikeouts... notched first career win against Western Illinois (Apr. 20), throwing two and two-thirds innings... pitched a season-high three and two-thirds innings against South Dakota State (Mar. 30)... recorded a 3.38 ERA in non-conference action... limited lefties to a .235 batting average... hitters only batted .216 with runners on bases... led team in strikeouts-to-walk ratio (6.0)... ranked first in the Big Ten with four sacrifice flies, in league games only.
2010 -- Appeared in 53 games with 41 starts... started at first 40 times with a lone start in left field... hit in the five-hole 33 games... fifth-highest batting average on the team (.310)... third-most walks (20) on the team... recorded 10 doubles, one triple and two homers in Big Ten play... started in 22 conference games... hit .321 in league play... ripped six doubles in Big Ten action... ranked third on the team in fielding percentage (.983)... was apart of 28 double plays... ranked fourth in team doubles (10)... collected 49 hits, which ranked fifth on the team... fifth with a .387 on base percentage... recorded 12 multi-hit games... collected six multi-RBI games... longest hit streak was 10 contests... hit .500 with runners on to advance... had two consecutive games with a home run (Texas-Pan American and Western Illinois)... recorded four RBI at Texas-Pan American (Mar. 20), going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and a grand slam.
2009 -- Appeared in 28 games with 15 starts... started seven games in left field, four in right field and four at designated hitter... posted a season-high six-game hit streak... hit a fourth-best .338 batting average... third-best slugging percentage (.529)... compiled seven multi-hit games... laced first collegiate hit at Louisville (Mar. 15), going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double... had six multi-RBI games...tied school record with seven at bats at Tennessee-Martin (Mar. 18)... hit first career home run in a 3-for-4 with two RBI performance against Western Illinois (Mar. 21)... hit best in the fifth inning with a .667 batting average.
2008 -- Redshirted.
High School -- First team all-conference three years... two-time first team all-district and all-state selection... three-time gold glove award winner... team captain his senior year... senior all-star series honoree... had a .490 batting average with 13 RBI and a .86 ERA with a 5-0 record his senior campaign... played only 20 games his senior year due to a broken wrist sustained in the second game of the year... set a school record in hits in a season (67)... part of the 2007 3A state and conference champion West Delaware team... earned two letters in basketball and received all-conference honors his senior year... honor roll student.
Personal -- Born 8/11/88... parents are Steve and Gloria Keppler... played with teammate Zach McCool at West Delaware High School... interdepartmental studies/art major.