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Rain won Game 1 of the Big Ten Conference showdown between Iowa and Nebraska.

Friday's opener of a key three-game series for the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes was postponed after a rain delay of more than 31/2 hours. The game will be made up as part of a Sunday doubleheader.

Iowa, at 27-11 overall and 10-2 at the halfway mark in Big Ten play, entered the night a half-game behind league leader Illinois. The Hawkeyes are seeking their first conference title since 1990. Nebraska (30-13, 6-6) has won six of its last eight games.

Iowa right-hander Blake Hickman (6-1, 2.56 ERA) is expected to make his regular Saturday start in what is now the series opener, scheduled for 3 p.m. at Duane Banks Field — following Iowa's 1 p.m. spring football scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium. However, more soggy conditions are in the forecast.

That would push usual Friday starter Tyler Peyton of Grimes into a Sunday role. A start time for Sunday's doubleheader was not immediately set; it could begin as early as 11 a.m.