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Hawkeyes earn first Big 10 tourney spot since 2010

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Iowa will play top-seeded Indiana in the Big 10 tournament on Wednesday. Iowa will play top-seeded Indiana in the Big 10 tournament on Wednesday.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Under first year head coach Rick Heller, the Hawkeye baseball team is making their first appearance in the Big Ten tournament since 2010. Iowa will play Indiana in round one on Wednesday in Omaha.

The Hawkeyes finished the regular season as the top hitting team in the Big Ten with a .302 team batting average. Iowa also led the conference in on-base percentage and runs, while ranking second in hits, RBIs and home runs.
    
Iowa is the eighth and final seed, while Indiana is the top seed and are ranked ninth in the country.

"Once you get into the tournament, anything can happen," said head coach Rick Heller. "You just don't know. One bad outing by a pitcher, maybe it's his only bad outing of the year, and you're able to take advantage of it and boom, you can get things rolling."

"We're not just satisfied getting there," said infielder Jake Yacinich. "I guess the mindset is, it's still a baseball game. There might be a few more people there watching, it might be a little bigger stadium, but it's still a baseball game and we're going to have to go play it and that's what we're going to do."

Iowa and Indiana play at 5 o'clock Wednesday on the Big Ten Network. Second-seeded Nebraska plays Ohio State in round one at 1 o'clock in a game that's not televised.

Win or lose, the Hawkeyes and Huskers will each play on Thursday in the double elimination tournament.

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