Taylor Zeutenhorst, from Sheldon, Iowa, scores a run in Iowa's 10-3 win over Purdue.
The University of Iowa cruised to a 10-3 series opening victory at Purdue on Thursday night at Alexander Field to clinch a berth in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Omaha.
The Hawkeyes (28-20, 9-13) pounded out 12 hits in the game, which led to three three-run innings to go along with a single run in the seventh. Iowa’s bullpen was superb, as junior Nick Hibbing and sophomore Jared Mandel held the Boilermakers to one run over the final seven innings.
If there was any pressing going on in the Iowa dugout prior to first pitch, it was squashed early, as the Hawkeyes jumped on the Boilermakers for three runs in the top of the first inning.
Junior Eric Toole singled to lead off the game before sophomore Tyler Peyton ripped a one-out single to right center to put runners on the corners. Junior Jake Yacinich made the score 1-0 with an infield RBI single before junior Dan Potempa doubled home the final two runs to push the Hawkeye lead to 3-0.
The Hawkeyes pushed their lead to 6-2 in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits. Following a leadoff walk by Taylor Zeutenhorst, sophomore Jimmy Frankos ripped an RBI double down the right field line for the first run before Iowa got three-straight singles from Toole, junior Jake Mangler and Peyton top open a four-run lead.
The Boilermakers scored their final run in the sixth on an RBI double by Conner Hudnall to right field, but Iowa got the run back a half inning later. Peyton singled to lead off the frame before scoring on a two-out RBI double by Zeutenhorst to right field.
Eight of Iowa’s nine starters had at least one hit with Peyton leading the way with a 3-for-4, two-run, two-RBI performance. Toole (2-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI) and Yacinich (2-for-5, 2 RBIs, 1 run) both had two-hit games -- their 21st multi-hit games of the season. Mangler extended his reached base streak to 27 games.
The second game of the series will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. (CT).
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