Jake Adams homers twice, Hawkeyes rally to beat Omaha

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Jake Adams continued his torrid home-run pace Tuesday night, and the Iowa baseball team did what it does best — come from behind.

The Hawkeyes rallied from a five-run deficit to record a walk-off, 9-8 win against visiting Omaha at Duane Banks Field.

Iowa (32-18 overall) finished the regular season with a 19-4 mark, the program’s highest number of home wins since going 19-2 in 1989.

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Adams helped Iowa rally from an 8-3, seventh-inning deficit with a pair of home runs — Nos. 20 and 21 of the season, pulling him within one of John Knapp’s 1986 school record of 22. Adams' second blast cut Omaha's lead to 8-7.

"They left a couple over the middle of the plate and I put a good swing on them," said Adams, who moved to third nationally in home runs. He has five long balls in Iowa’s last four games. "That sparked us a little bit. We end up getting a walk-off once again.”

The Hawkeyes scored two runs in the ninth, with Mason McCoy’s sharp line drive scooting off the Omaha shortstop’s glove and scoring Corbin Woods for the game-winner.

In recording its second straight walk-off win, Iowa improved to 11-4 in games decided by one run.

"We believe in one another," Adams said. "Whoever is at the plate, we know they are going to get it done.”

Iowa finishes the regular season with a three-game road series at Illinois. At 13-8 in Big Ten Conference play, the Hawkeyes are 1½ games back of league-leading Nebraska (14-6-1). Iowa has already clinched a spot in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind.