Subscribe for 33¢ / day
Robert Neustrom


IOWA CITY -- Robert Neustrom sent fans home Sunday from Duane Banks Field happy.

Neustrom's 446-foot, two-run homer over the batter's eye in centerfield capped a furious Iowa rally to down Ohio State 11-10 on Senior Day.

The Hawkeyes trailed 9-2 after six innings but scored three in the seventh, fourth in the eighth and two, courtesy of Neustrom's fifth home run of the season in the ninth.

Iowa wins its third straight Big Ten series, clinching a Big Ten Tournament berth for the fourth straight year, and head into its final regular season series at Illinois with a 31-18 overall mark and 13-8 in Big Ten Play.

Jake Adams, who had two hits and three RBIs, singled ahead of Neustrom to begin the ninth and the former Sioux City North prep deposited the first pitch he saw over the fence for the Hawkeyes' third walk-off win of the season.

"I was telling myself all day, I have been struggling at the plate that I wanted to something special when I got up that last at-bat," said Neustrom. "I saw the first pitch and thought I was going to hack at it.

"It was a huge team win. We couldn't have done that without Corbin (Woods) coming in hitting a three-run home run, (Tyler) Cropley getting that hit, Ben (Norman) getting that RBI, Jake (Adams) hitting another three-run bomb. Everything added up… it was my turn."

Adams' three-run homer in the seventh was his 19th of the season.

Cropley (Bishop Heelan) had a single and scored in the big four-run eighth, tying the game at 9-9.

Ohio State scored a single run in the top of the ninth before Neustrom, who made a running catch in the top half, ended the game.


Sports reporter

Load comments