Iowa baseball bounces back, beats Pittsburgh in first win of 2019

Hawkeye baseball recorded its first win of the 2019 season, taking down Pittsburgh, 10-1.


David Harmantas

University of Iowa baseball player Jack Dreyer winds up to pitch during a game against Penn State University on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Nittany Lions 8-4.

Adam Hensley, Pregame Editor

After losing to George Mason in the first game of the season, Iowa baseball returned to its winning ways with a 10-1 win over Pittsburgh in the Diamond 9 Sunshine State Classic on Saturday.

For pitcher Jack Dreyer, he made the most of his first start of the season. The sophomore from Johnston struck out 10 batters while giving up just a pair of hits in his 5.1 innings on the mound.

“Dreyer did a tremendous job, giving us a great start. He went deep into the game in his first start, which was great to see,” Iowa head coach Rick Heller said in a release. “It was a great day overall; I was happy to see how our guys responded after a tough loss.”

Unlike the day before, the bats came up big as well to compliment the Hawkeye pitching. Following a scoreless first inning, Iowa plated at least one run in four-straight innings.

Ben Norman  stole the show, going 3-for-4 (including a home run) and 4 RBI.

“It was great to see him break out. He has been swinging it well in training leading into the season,” Heller said in a release.

Fellow Hawkeye Tanner Padgett also recorded 3 hits in the win to go alone with his lone RBI.

The Hawkeyes have just one contest left before returning to Iowa City. Iowa faces Marshall on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.