After fighting back to steal the final two games of the series against the Purdue Boilermakers over the weekend, the Hawkeyes welcomed in the Grand View Vikings for a mid-week contest.
For the second straight week, Iowa head coach Rick Heller would send freshman Grant Judkins to the mound for the mid-week outing. Judkins performed well against Bradley on a cold day in Iowa City last week, but the story was a bit different today at Banks Field.
Judkins lasted just 2 innings, gave up 3 hits, and 3 runs - only two of which were earned. Judkins hit two batters in his two innings and a Hawkeye error didn't help the matters in the second inning when Grand View did most of their damage.
However, with that potent offensive attack, GV knew the Hawkeyes weren't going to go quietly.
Iowa struck for four runs in the bottom of the third inning to snag the lead back from the Vikings. Robert Neustrom had a 2-out bases clearing double that tied the game at 3 and then Ben Norman drove Neustrom in on a single to center field to give the Hawkeyes the lead.
Iowa got back on the board in the 4th when Austin Guzzo hit an opposite field home run to push the Hawkeye lead to 2.
Heller got a great performance from Elijah Wood, who came on in relief of Judkins in the third inning. Wood went 3 innings, gave up 3 hits, and did not yield a run for Iowa.
Nick Nelsen - who replaced Wood - gave up two runs, just one of which was earned, in the 7th and the Vikings had come back to tie it at 5. Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Zach Daniels, came in to clear things up to get the Hawkeyes onto the bottom half.
With one out in the bottom of the 7th Jake Adams did what Jake Adams does best, which is hit the ball over the fence. He hit his 9th home run of the year - which leads the Big Ten - and gave the Hawkeyes the one run lead going into the final two innings.
Daniels was cool as a cucumber over the final two innings, notching his fifth win of the season and his third in the last five games for the Hawkeyes (14-9).
Austin Guzzo was the only Hawkeye to notch multiple hits, he was 2-for-2 on the day. Other than that, Robert Neustrom was your top performer driving in three runs.
The Hawkeyes will be back in action on Friday evening when they welcome in UNLV for a three game weekend set. Look for Nick Gallagher to get the ball on Friday night.