Iowa head coach Rick Heller definitely let Nick Gallagher ease his way back into things last Friday against Purdue. He let him throw only 65 pitches, mostly because he was coming off that injury he suffered down in Florida.
In Iowa's 3-0 win over UNLV this evening, that wasn't the case. Gallagher dazzled the Rebels over 7 innings of 2-hit ball, striking out 6 batters in the process. He hardly ever worked himself into trouble and really kept UNLV hitters off balance all night.
Iowa gave him help in the third when Mitchell Boe tripled into the left center field gap in what was a bit of a communication error on the part of the UNLV outfielders. Iowa took advantage when leadoff man, Chris Whelan, stepped to the plate and drove Boe in with a groundout to the second baseman.
Little did Iowa know, that was all they were going to need on the night.
UNLV was just 2-for-9 with runners on, but those were the only two hits for the Rebels in the game. Plus, Gallagher didn't walk a batter over 7 innings of work, so opportunities were hard to come by.
In the Iowa 8th, Tyler Cropley stepped to the plate with two outs and runners on. He promptly delivered a double to right field, plating both Ben Norman and Jake Adams. The Hawkeye lead was now 3.
Josh Martsching came on to record his second save of the season. He threw two innings of no-hit ball, but did walk a batter.
Robert Neustrom and Tyler Cropley both led the Hawkeyes with two hits a piece. Cropley had two doubles and drove in two runs as well.
The win now pushes Iowa's win streak to four and their overall record to 15-9. They'll be back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against UNLV. There is rain in the forecast on Sunday, so they'll play two in Iowa City tomorrow.
Ryan Erickson will take the ball for the first game beginning at 12:05 p.m. and Cole McDonald will start game two. That game will start 30 minutes after the first one concludes.