Iowa baseball clobbers Purdue in series-clinching rout

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY — While it remains undetermined if Iowa baseball can make 2022 a regional season, the Hawkeyes' ability to do so would've been severely hindered with another stumble Sunday.

Dropping a weekend home series to Purdue in mid-May isn't NCAA Tournament behavior. 

The Hawkeyes answered with one of their most complete performances this year. 

Ty Langenberg's quality start paired nicely with another big scoring inning, and Iowa had plenty of fuel to blow by the Boilermakers in Sunday's 9-1 series-clinching win.

Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher, the old baseball adage goes. And it helps when there was no offensive dropoff from Saturday's 10-6 loss. A win Iowa (28-16, 12-6 Big Ten Conference) had to have was wrapped up long before the final out. 

Despite still having RPI work to do with seven regular-season games left, the Hawkeyes can't be too upset at what they've put together this Big Ten spring. Iowa has now won nine of its last 12 conference games with four consecutive series victories, dating back to early April. And just like last week at Nebraska, the Hawkeyes rallied in the finale after successfully shaking off a rough Saturday loss.

“We gave a mature, professional effort today,” Iowa coach Rick Heller said. “After a tough day yesterday, we came out with a lot of energy.  We were really dialed in against a good team.”

Much of that rebound credit goes to Langenberg, who after a seesawing April has yielded just one earned run over his last 12 innings this month. The Urbandale product scattered just five Purdue hits with seven strikeouts and didn't let the Boilermakers (26-16, 7-9)  through until a meaningless solo homer in the seventh. After mowing down a potent Purdue lineup frame by frame, Langenberg trotted back to the dugout and watched his offense work. 

Keaton Anthony unlocked the floodgates with another mammoth homer in the first, then scored on Brendan Sher's two-run double to left in the third. That would've been plenty on this day, yet the Hawkeyes still added five more in the fifth just to be sure. With two already in that inning on a bases-loaded walk and wild pitch, Ben Wilmes made it a massive frame with a two-run single through a drawn-in infield. Cade Moss added one more RBI knock for good measure.

“It was a nice day to hit today,” Anthony said, “with the wind blowing out to left field.”

Duncan Davitt closed out Langenberg's gem with solid relief, sending Iowa into finals week on about as high a note as possible. Two Big Ten games are scheduled for Monday after the east coast storms, so Iowa's RPI mark heading into the Michigan State series may need a day or two to shake out.

Getting it inside 70 would be an ideal outcome for this weekend Iowa had to have. 

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.   

Iowa pitcher Jacob Henderson is greeted by teammates after closing out an inning during Saturday's loss against Purdue on Saturday in Iowa City. Iowa beat the Boilermakers and Friday and Sunday.
Iowa's Keaton Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a home run during Saturday's loss to Purdue in Iowa City. Iowa beat the Boilermakers on Friday and Sunday.
Iowa's Izaya Fullard tags out Purdue's Evan Albrecht at second base during Saturday's loss to Purdue in Iowa City. Iowa beat the Boilermakers on Friday and Sunday.