Iowa Travels to Bradley Tuesday
April 23, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa baseball team travels to Bradley for a mid-week contest Tuesday night. The Hawkeyes face the Braves at 6:05 p.m. at O'Brien Field in Peoria, Ill. The game will air as a tape-delayed broadcast on Mediacom Connections in the state of Iowa on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Iowa (16-19, 5-7) hosted Bradley last Wednesday, falling 7-3 at Duane Banks Field. The loss marked the Hawkeyes' first in its last five nonconference outings. Six of the Braves' seven runs came with two outs and six via home runs.
Bradley, led by head coach Elvis Dominguez, is 20-16-1 after dropping 2-of-3 over the weekend at Illinois State. Dominguez is a graduate of Creighton University (1986) and was an assistant coach at Iowa for four seasons (1998-2001). Dominguez and Iowa head coach Jack Dahm played together at Creighton in 1986. The Braves are 3-5 at home. Iowa is 40-36-2 all-time against Bradley.
Last weekend, Iowa dropped 2-of-3 at home to Penn State. The Hawkeyes out-hit the Nittany Lions, 10-9, Friday night in the series opener, but fell, 5-2.
Penn State's Steven Hill outdueled Matt Dermody Saturday afternoon in a 2-0 Nittany Lion victory. Hill retired just two batters over the minimum in recording the first Penn State no-hitter since 1995.
The Hawkeyes defeated Penn State in the series finale Sunday, 4-2. Iowa scored three first inning runs and never looked back behind a strong start by Sasha Kuebel. Kuebel earned his fourth win of the year to remain perfect (4-0). The freshman threw seven and a third solid innings, yielding just two runs, striking out two, while scattering seven hits.
Iowa returns to Big Ten action when it travels to Minnesota for a three-game set at the Metrodome in Minneapolis this weekend. The Hawkeyes and Golden Gophers will open the series at 6:35 p.m. on Friday. Iowa and Minnesota will also play at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday's game will be televised live by BTN.