Rain pushes back Iowa's second-round game in Omaha

Chad Leistikow
cleistik@dmreg.com

Heavy rain swept through TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night, postponing Iowa’s second-round Big Ten Conference baseball tournament game against Ohio State.

Weather permitting, the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes and fourth-seeded Buckeyes are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Friday. Big Ten Network will televise the winner’s bracket game from Omaha, Neb.

The Iowa-Ohio State loser would then face No. 5 seed Michigan later Friday at 9 p.m, while the winner hops into Saturday’s final four unscathed in the double-elimination tournament.

Unfortunately, more rain is forecast for Friday and Saturday in Omaha, so be prepared for more schedule adjustments.

The scene at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, the tournament’s top two seeds — No. 2 Nebraska, then No. 1 Minnesota — became the first teams to exit the field with losses to Indiana and Michigan, respectively.

The Buckeyes (39-17-1) took two of three games in a series against Iowa (28-25) earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio. But in the game Iowa won, Tyler Peyton was on the mound — as he’s scheduled to be for this one against Buckeyes left-hander John Havird, who is 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 14 starts.

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Peyton (4-5, 4.28 ERA) allowed just two hits in seven innings on May 7 as Iowa beat the Buckeyes, 12-0. Iowa tagged Havird for six runs in 5⅔ innings in that win.

Iowa beat Ohio State in last year’s Big Ten tournament opener on the final pitch, when Nick Day cranked a two-run, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 Hawkeye win.