Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hawks Open Big Ten Baseball Tournament

After sweeping Purdue over the past weekend, the Hawkeyes advanced to the Big Ten Baseball tournament to face the Boilermakers again in the first round. First pitch is at noon on Wednesday with action on the Big Ten Network.

Iowa's baseball team has gradually improved throughout the year. Strong starting pitching and solid infield play has propelled the Hawkeyes into the four seed this week in Columbus, Ohio. The first seed Minnesota finished the Big Ten season only a few games ahead of sixth and final seed Indiana, making the tournament as wide open as ever. This Iowa baseball team has as good of a shot to bring home the hardware as any.

If the Hawkeyes make the championship game there is no reason the manager of the Hawkeyes, Jack Dahm shouldn't be named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Early on the Hawkeyes faced some stiff competition, gained valuable experience but couldn't muster any "Ws." But Dahm kept his young team together and positive taking two out of three over Penn State and Ohio State before the three game sweep of Purdue. One of the best coaching jobs by Dahm in his years at Iowa. And if the Hawkeyes continue to play as well as they have the last three weeks of the season, Iowa should be in the championship game.

A win in Columbus will be the first for the Hawkeye baseball team since a 6-4 victory over Ohio State in 1990. While Dahm emphasizes to his team that they have nothing to do with that winless streak over the years, a win over Purude could propel them to something this program hasn't done, win the Big Ten Tournament Championship.

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