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Nebraska Baseball Vs. Iowa: Preview and Gamethread

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The Iowa hate thread

The Nebraska baseball team (21-11, 10-2 Big Ten) travels to Iowa City to face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes (19-14, 7-5 Big Ten) in a key Big Ten series. Nebraska played Iowa twice in 2018, splitting a weather shortened series in Lincoln.

Iowa has had the advantage since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The Huskers have never won a series against Iowa since Head Coach Rick Heller took over, combining to go 3-9 against Iowa since 2014.

The leading hitter for the Hawkeyes is their catcher. Austin Martin hits .339 and is third on the team with ten extra base hits. Ben Norman and Tanner Wetrich provide the biggest power threat for the Hawkeyes, with each managing five home runs.

Iowa hitters manage to combine for a .263 batting average. Iowa has played a non conference schedule that ranks outside the top 150 overall. Comparing Nebraska and Iowa, they both have similar walk rates and strikeout numbers overall.

On the mound, Iowa does not quite match the arm quality that Nebraska has on paper. Cole McDonald is the Friday night starter who has pitch his best baseball in the past two weeks. McDonald shut down Purdue and Rutgers, holding them to one run combined in his last two starts.

Cam Bauman is the Saturday starter from Iowa who has struggled recently. He was knocked out after the fifth inning last week against Purdue. Baumann pitched his best against Illinois, where he gave up only one run in six innings.

Grant Judkins is Iowa’s version of Jake Meyers. He started out playing in the field, before moving to the mound in a more full time roll. Judkins has a ERA of just 1.95 and has alternated wins and losses in his last five games pitched.

Friday, April 19 • 6:05 p.m. (CT)

Nebraska at Iowa

Duane Banks Field • Iowa City, Iowa

Video Stream: BTN Plus

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Matt Waldron (5-0) vs. Cole McDonald (3-3)

Saturday, April 20 • 2:05 p.m. (CT)

Nebraska at Iowa

Duane Banks Field • Iowa City, Iowa

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Nate Fisher (4-1) vs. Cam Baumann (2-2)

Sunday, April 21 • 1:05 p.m. (CT)

Nebraska at Iowa

Duane Banks Field • Iowa City, Iowa

Video Stream: BTN Plus

Radio: Husker Sports Network

Reece Eddins (3-2) vs. Grant Judkins (4-3)