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Iowa brooms Purdue

BY IAN MURPHY | APRIL 06, 2015 5:00 AM

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Iowa baseball brought the brooms out for the second time in conference play with a sweep of Purdue over the weekend.

The Hawkeyes won the first two games, 9-1 and 10-5, and punctuated the weekend with a 4-1 victory Sunday. The victory moved Iowa to 6-0 in the Big Ten, 21-7 overall. It also means the Hawkeyes are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

“It is a nice start for us,” head coach Rick Heller said in a release. “We did exactly what we needed to do if we’re going to make a run at [the Big Ten title] and stay in the race.”

Senior Calvin Matthews got the win Sunday, pitching six innings and giving up just 1 run, a one-out solo home run to Purdue’s Kyle Wood in the fifth inning. The Hawkeye starter improved to 3-0.

“Calvin was outstanding,” Heller said in the release. “He was back to his old self. He looked in sync and was locating on both sides of the plate, changing speeds as he does when he’s at his best.”

Junior Connor Grant came in for 1.1 of setup before turning the ball over to senior Nick Hibbing for the save over the final 1.2 innings.

The Hawkeyes were busy on offense, too, tallying single runs in each of the fourth, fifth, seventh, and ninth innings Sunday.

Opening the scoring was junior Tyler Peyton in the fourth inning. He hit an RBI single to left field to score senior Eric Toole from second base.

Junior Nick Roscetti then hit an RBI double in the fifth to score junior Joel Booker, who had reached on a hit by pitch.

Roscetti hit another double in the seventh and scored on a two-out RBI double from Peyton.

Junior Eric Schenk-Joblinske was hit by a pitch, and Toole brought Schenk-Joblinske home on an RBI double.

Toole, who extended his reached on-base streak to 27 games, Peyton, junior Daniel Aaron Moriel, and Roscetti each had 2 hits for the Hawkeyes.

Next up, the Hawkeyes take on Milwaukee on Wednesday before a trip to Maryland for a three-game series with the Terrapins, who were picked by the coaches to win the Big Ten.

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