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Iowa baseball takes Game 1 over Nebraska in walk-off fashion

Thanks to Zeb Adreon’s RBI single in the ninth, Iowa stole the first matchup against No. 30 Nebraska on April 19.

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Iowa baseball takes Game 1 over Nebraska in walk-off fashion

Iowa's Zeb Adreon takes a strike during a baseball game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Illini, 3-1.

Iowa's Zeb Adreon takes a strike during a baseball game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Illini, 3-1.

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Iowa's Zeb Adreon takes a strike during a baseball game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Illini, 3-1.

David Harmantas

David Harmantas

Iowa's Zeb Adreon takes a strike during a baseball game against the University of Illinois on Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Illini, 3-1.

Cody Smith, Sports Reporter

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Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Hawkeyes looked to none other than designated hitter Zeb Adreon to come up clutch against Nebraska at Banks Field’s Military Night on April 19.

The junior barreled up and hit a RBI single to drive in Justin Jenkins to win the game in walk-off fashion to top the No. 30 Huskers in Game 1 of a three-game series.

“I was just really trying to have a good at-bat,” Adreon said. “I knew all we needed with Jenkins on second was a base hit; he has pretty good wheels. I was just trying to stay calm and look for a pitch I could do damage with, and fortunately, he left one over the plate, and I was able to get a base hit.”

It was marked the first walk-off hit for the left-handed hitter. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Hawkeyes used three pitchers throughout the game and avoided going into extra innings. Needing all hands on deck, Iowa picked up its third-straight come-from-behind victory.

Starting pitcher Cole McDonald threw 108 pitches over six innings, allowing just 2 earned runs while striking out 4.

The win improved Iowa’s conference record to 8-5, and it snapped the Huskers’ six-game winning streak against Big Ten foes.

The Hawkeyes will try to continue their home success — where they are 13-3 — and go for the series win against the Huskers.

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Cody Smith is a sports reporter at The Daily Iowan covering men’s and women’s tennis. He is a senior at the UI.

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