CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | Jake Adams broke the University of Iowa baseball team’s single-season home run record as the Hawkeyes split a doubleheader with Illinois here Friday.
Illinois won the first game 12-8 before Iowa bounced back for an 8-3 victory in the second. Iowa won its last four Big Ten series to finish the regular season 34-19 overall and 15-9 in the Big Ten. The 15 Big Ten wins are the second-most in the last eight years.
Iowa will be the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament where it will face fourth-seeded Maryland (33-19, 15-9) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bloomington, Indiana.
Adams hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning of the second game, his 23rd of the season to break John Knapp’s school record which had stood since 1986. He added another solo shot in the eighth.
Adams finished 3-for-6 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs. Robert Neustrom and Mitchell Boe added two hits apiece.
Illinois scored eight runs in the seventh inning to erase a 7-2 Hawkeye lead in the first game.
Four Hawkeyes had multi-hit games, including Neustrom, who was 2-for-4. Tyler Cropley contributed an RBI single.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 7-6, OMAHA 2-4: The South Dakota State baseball team won a pair of games against Omaha in a Summit League doubleheader on Friday at Erv Huether Field in Brookings.
The Jacks won the first game 7-2 with Ethan Kenkel earning the win. Kenkel, a Storm Lake graduate, pitched five innings and allowed six hits, one run, one walk and struck out four. Bryce Hanson, a Sergeant Bluff-Luton alum, pitched four innings of relief to earn the save. Hanson allowed one hit, no runs, two walks and struck out five. Anthony Schneider drove in two runs for SDSU. Tony Kjolsing went 2-for-5 from the plate with a double.
SDSU (25-22, 18-12) won the second game 6-4 with Hunter Even earning the win. Even pitched three innings of relief and allowed no base runners, no runs and struck out three. Chris Halbur pitched the ninth inning and allowed one hit and struck out one to earn the save. Philip Jacobson, a Bishop Heelan graduate, went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Josh Kunzmann drove in two runs.
SDSU has won eight straight games and plays next against North Dakota State on Wednesday in the opening round of the Summit League Baseball Championship in Tulsa, Okla.