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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | FEBRUARY 27, 2009 7:30 AM

Baseball heads to Florida

After starting the season 1-2 at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge a week ago, the Iowa baseball team is slated to compete at the Stetson Tournament this weekend in DeLand, Fla.

The Hawkeyes will face Stetson today before playing South Alabama and Southern Illinois on Saturday and March. Stetson is 0-4 to begin the season after getting trounced at home by Boston College; it is led by senior Jeremy Cruz, who batted .404 last season with 15 home runs and 57 RBIs.

During Iowa’s three-game road trip, sophomore Trevor Willis is expected to make a transition to right field after being originally recruited as an infielder.

Last season, Willis appeared in 21 games for the Hawkeyes and started 10.

Iowa head coach Jack Dahm may step significantly closer to tying previous Hawkeye coach Dick Schultz for the third-most victories in Iowa baseball history.

Dahm owns 125 wins at Iowa and needs five more to meet the mark.

— by Ryan Young

Extra Cambus routes for hoops game

When Iowa and Ohio State square off on March 3, fans will have a slightly easier time making it to Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

In light of the 8 p.m., start slated for the men’s basketball contest, the athletics department announced there will be additional Cambus Blue and Red Routes in place to accommodate students planning to attend.

According to a release from the athletics department on Thursday, the added buses will begin routes to Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 6:30 p.m., 90 minutes before the scheduled tip-off. The release said the regular bus stop outside the arena will be used pregame and postgame.

— by Brendan Stiles

Men’s gymnastics meets Illini

The men’s gymnastics team is set to square off in Champaign on Saturday against Illinois.
Iowa enters the meet ranked 11th and is coming off a 354.25-335.90 loss to No. 2 Oklahoma in Norman on Feb. 21, while No. 5 Illinois finished in fifth place out of seven teams at the Pacific Coast Classic in Oakland.

The Hawkeyes will be seeking their first victory since a 329.55-326.55 dual win against Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 24 in Iowa City. The Fighting Illini have won their last two dual meets with Big Ten foes at home including a narrow 351.950-349.050 victory over Ohio State on Jan. 24 and a 345.500-339.800 win against Penn State on Feb. 14.

Iowa senior Geoff Reins will lead the charge for the Hawkeyes in what will be their last chance at capturing a Big Ten dual victory this season. Reins is coming off a performance at Oklahoma in which he placed third in both the vault and floor exercise. Reins’ 15.95 in vault tied his previous season high in the event. Junior Jonathan Buese will look to carry momentum from a strong performance last week when his 84.05 in the all-around earned the Hawkeye captain first place.

Competition is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Huff Hall.

— by Jordan Garretson

 


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