Hawkeyes Roll Past Top-Seed: ‘We caught them by surprise’

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OMAHA, Nebraska -- It took an incredible effort from the Hawkeyes just to make the Big Ten Tournament.

Now, Iowa is advancing in the winner's bracket.

The top of the lineup of Iowa bombarded the Big Ten Player of the Year, scoring five runs in the first two innings.

"I don’t think they saw that coming at all. You have the Big Ten Player of the Year on the mound for them, they won the Big Ten, they had everything going. We caught them by surprise,” said Iowa first baseman Tyler Peyton.

“We didn’t want to be here just to be in the tournament. We wanted to come down here and play to win the thing. We looked at it as a fresh start,” said Iowa coach Rick Heller.

Momentum in baseball is only good as the next day’s starter, and Peyton is 3-0 with 23 consecutive scoreless innings in his last three outings.

So whether it’s momentum or good baseball, both have kept the Hawkeyes rolling.

If Iowa wins Thursday, it would bypass Friday’s consolation bracket schedule and head to the final four on Saturday.