Hawkeyes coach Rick Heller breaks down Iowa’s schedule and chance at another regional appearance. Dargan Southard/Hawk Central
The Hawkeyes are leaving Florida with a sweep.
Iowa upended Old Dominion, 4-1, on Sunday, finishing off a perfect weekend at the Diamond 9 Sunshine State Classic Series in Kissimmee, Florida. The Hawkeyes (3-0) jumped ahead early with three runs over the first three innings and worked out of jams when needed. Old Dominion left 12 runners on.
Right-hander Brady Schanuel was solid in his abbreviated Iowa debut, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless frames with two hits and two walks surrendered. He struck out four and threw 61 pitches, as he works his way back from a preseason rotator cuff issue.
Schanuel’s only trouble came in the first, when Old Dominion loaded the bases on a single, a hit by pitch and a walk with nobody out. But the right-hander bounced back with three straight outs, ending the threat on a popup, a strikeout and a flyout to center.
Freshmen Trenton Wallace and Cam Baumann both made their collegiate debuts on the mound in relief. Wallace walked three and surrendered Old Dominion’s lone run over 1 2/3 innings, while Baumann gave up two hits and a walk over a third of an inning.
Closer Zach Daniels finished things off with two scoreless frames for his first save.
Mitchell Boe got the offense going with a two-run double in the second, and Matt Hoeg continued his productive weekend with a third-inning sacrifice fly. Iowa added insurance in the seventh on Grant Judkins’ bases-loaded walk.
The Hawkeyes return to action next weekend with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Baseball Classic in New Orleans. Iowa will face Virginia Tech on Friday, Ball State on Saturday and New Orleans on Sunday.
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