Iowa coach Rick Heller on series win: “This was a big one”
IOWA CITY, Ia. — In a game that got out of hand early, Lorenzo Elion had a little baseball fun.
The Hawkeyes third baseman hit for the cycle in Wednesday’s 16-1 win against Coe College, completing the unique feat in just six innings. He finished the night with five hits, tying a school record.
Elion’s performance is just Iowa’s second cycle since 2007, with former shortstop Mason McCoy last doing it on April 13, 2016, versus Air Force. The Hawkeyes’ Jason White also hit for the cycle on April 22, 2007, against Illinois.
Elion got the hard parts out of the way early. The Kirkwood transfer roped a triple in his first at-bat as part of Iowa’s eight-run first, then launched a solo homer to left in the second.
Elion grounded out in his third at-bat, but bounced back with a fifth-inning double into the left-field gap. That left only the single, which Elion picked up in the sixth with a first-pitch rope to left. He ended an emphatic night with a three-run homer in the eighth.
"During the last at-bat (on the single), I wasn't trying to do too much," Elion said. "I was trying to find the hole, look for my pitch, and find the gap. Once I got the single, I knew they guys were going to have a lot to say once I got back to the dugout. But it felt good to get it done."
After an up-and-down start to the year, Elion has found a groove of late. He’s picked up multiple pivotal RBI over the last few weeks, while also locking down third base defensively.
"Lorenzo has been picking us up big," Iowa coach Rick Heller said. "The last three weeks ,he has been swinging the bat well and driving in big runs. He has been big in the Illinois series and Ohio State series. Tonight, his swing looked great, and every ball he hit was right on the nose."
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.