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Hawkeyes off to first 3-0 start since 1994

Hawkeyes off to first 3-0 start since 1994

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IOWA CITY — Iowa is 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1994. What is more impressive is the Hawkeyes got there by sweeping No. 19 Indiana.

Sunday’s 10-6 win boosted Iowa to 17-6 overall. The Hoosiers dropped to 16-8 and 1-4.

“This sweep was exactly what we needed if we’re going to try and compete for a championship,” Iowa coach Rick Heller said. “When you have the opportunity to win three against one of the league favorites and you take advantage of it, it is a big deal. We’ve got areas to improve on and get better, but it was a good start to league play.

“It’s just like anything else, there are a lot of games left, and we’ve only gotten started.”

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Iowa rallied with six runs on five hits. Eric Toole, a senior from Council Bluffs Lewis Central, sparked the offensive attack with a leadoff single. He scored on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch from senior Sean Moore.

Toole had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, and two RBIs as Iowa finished with season-highs in runs (10) and hits (16).

“The one thing we know about this team is that they’ll compete,” Heller said. “If things go good or bad, we’ll still go out and compete. We may have some days that we go out and things don’t go our way but we never give up. You saw it today when we were down early and we came back with our offense in the bottom of the inning.”

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