Against one of the Big Ten Conference’s hotter teams, the Hawkeyes started the weekend off on the right foot.
Mitchell Boe’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted Iowa to a big 7-6 series-opening win at Nebraska on Friday night, pushing the Hawkeyes (21-11, 4-3) back over .500 in the Big Ten.
Boe’s key base knock capped off a back-and-forth evening, in which Nebraska jumped out to a 6-3 lead before Iowa knotted things up with three in the sixth on Tyler Cropley’s three-run homer.
Following early long balls from Jake Adams and Chris Whelan, Cropley's blast erased Nebraska’s early damage off starter Nick Gallagher, who yielded four hits and five runs (three earned) over just 3 1/3 innings.
But the bullpen unit of Zach Daniels, Nick Nelsen and Josh Martsching was solid, combining to surrender just one run over 6 2/3 frames. Boe — who singled home Cropley after he reached on a hit by pitch — made a winner out of Martsching, who tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames.
Nebraska entered having won 10 of its last 12, but Iowa landed the first punch. Game 2 begins Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.