Potempa, Iowa bats ignite for win past Minnesota

Register staff report

Designated hitter Dan Potempa drove in a team-high four RBIs, Blake Hickman threw six strong innings and the 15th-ranked Iowa baseball team cruised to a 10-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Duane Banks Field.

The Hawkeyes (36-12, 17-3 Big Ten) exploded at the plate in the first two innings of the game, scoring four runs apiece. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Kris Goodman drew a five-pitch walk for the first score of the game. Potempa then doubled to left field and brought in all three Iowa baserunners for a 4-0 lead. Tyler Peyton followed in the second inning with a three-run triple, and Goodman grounded out to the shortstop as Peyton crossed home plate.

Minnesota (19-28, 7-13) tallied its first run of the game in the top of the fourth off a Connor Schaefbauer RBI double. Potempa countered with an RBI of his own in the bottom of the frame — a single — and Goodman later scored on a wild pitch, extending Iowa's lead to 10-1. The Golden Gophers added their second run in the eighth thanks to an Iowa throwing error. Potempa led all Hawkeye batters going 3-for-4.

Iowa starting pitcher Blake Hickman padded his record to 8-1 on the year after tossing six innings for the victory. He struck out five batters and allowed one run (earned) off five hits and two walks.

This is the second straight year Iowa won its Big Ten series against Minnesota.

The series finale will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.