McDonald, Iowa Too Much for Grand View
Freshman Cole McDonald led the way for the Hawkeyes, going 5.0 innings and allowing no runs while striking out five, as Iowa racked up a 3–0 win at Duane Banks Field.
“My velocity was feeling good,” McDonald said. “I just wanted to go out there and give my team a chance to win.”
Senior Mason McCoy led the offensive charge for Iowa, going 2–4 with an RBI triple and a walk. Grand View threw eight different pitchers, none of whom consistently threw more than 80 miles per hour. This was a stark difference from the Michigan pitchers Iowa faced in their weekend series, who touched the mid-nineties with their fastballs.
McDonald, Iowa Too Much for Grand ViewToday we didn’t see as high of velocity,” McCoy reflected. “So you notice a difference, but we still put the ball in play.”
The Hawkeyes struck first when Joel Booker came home in the third. Booker singled, stole second and third, and scored on an error by Grand View’s third baseman. Iowa tacked on another in the fourth on McCoy’s triple to right-center field. The Hawkeyes added a final insurance run in the seventh when McCoy scored after a throwing error by Grand View’s second baseman.
Iowa could only muster five hits on the evening. It seemed like they were thrown off by Grand View’s slow-throwing pitchers. The Hawkeyes were constantly early and were often out on their front foot, leading to weak groundouts. Iowa came through when they needed to, but Grand View helped by committing four errors.
Iowa improved the 19–19 on the year and 7–0 in midweek games. The Hawkeyes’ Wednesday night game against Nebraska-Omaha was canceled due to an ominous forecast, so their next action will be this weekend when Kansas State comes to town for a three game series.
Iowa City, IA — 10:50 PM. 04/2616 — Jack Brandsgard