After slugging three homers and batting .500 in Iowa’s series win over Ohio State, Jake Adams has been named the Big Ten player of the week for the second time this season, the league announced Monday.
The Hawkeyes first baseman continued his season-long tear through the conference, going 6-for-12 with six runs scored and five RBIs in addition to the long balls. Adams homered in every game over the weekend — two of his blasts ricocheted off the center field batter’s eye — as Iowa rallied to take two of three from the Buckeyes.
The first baseman’s ninth-inning single on Sunday set the stage for Robert Neustrom’s two-run walk-off homer, while Adams’ seventh-inning homer was the first piece in the Hawkeyes’ eventual 11-10 comeback victory. The blast was his 19th of the season, three off the single-season program record.
Adams has been quite the find for Rick Heller this season. The DMACC transfer currently leads the Big Ten in homers (19), RBIs (57), slugging percentage (.708), OPS (1.132) and is second in hits (67). He’s given the Hawkeyes some potent pop not seen in quite some time.
“He’s just a great hitter,” Heller said Sunday.
With an outside chance at a regular-season title, Iowa (31-18, 13-8 Big Ten) returns to action Thursday for a three-game set at Illinois. The Hawkeyes already have a conference tournament berth secured and could finish anywhere from first to seventh in the Big Ten.
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