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Austin Martin breaks down what has labored properly to date
Dargan Southard, msouthard@gannett.com

Apart from a couple of snow patches here and there, Duane Banks Subject seemed able to roll this week. Like Iowans all over the place, the Hawkeyes’ residence park one way or the other survived this brutal stretch of wintry chaos.

Chalk one other win as much as turf.

After a grueling first month on the street, Iowa is lastly set for its first houses video games this yr. The Hawkeyes (7-6) host Cal State Northridge for 3 — a Saturday doubleheader and a Sunday finale.

It’s simply part of the deal in Midwest baseball, however that doesn’t make the early-season grind any easier. Via 4 weekends, Iowa has performed in three totally different time zones. That stretch consists of three doubleheaders, a venue change and a number of schedule alterations.

There have been highs and lows, as anticipated. The Hawkeyes followed up an enormous collection win at then-No. 19 Oklahoma State with a dud towards RPI-killing Evansville. Iowa swept its doubleheader at Hawaii, then blew a chance at a collection win the subsequent day.        

So it goes on the street. Iowa hopes a less hectic itinerary will generate more productivity.

“It’s all the time good once we can get the sector cleared and begin having some house games coming in and start training regularly,” left-fielder Chris Whelan stated. “Monday is our off day, then Tuesday and Wednesday apply, and you then’re turning around and going right again out.

“It’s nice to eliminate the travel for a bit of bit.”  

Listed here are some takeaways from Iowa’s early nonconference slate.

Bumps on the health entrance

Injuries are going to occur in an extended season, however the Hawkeyes have been hit exhausting early.

Proper-hander Ben Probst, certainly one of Iowa’s prime aid options, is completed for the yr after having surgical procedure Tuesday. Southpaw starter Jack Dreyer remains out of the weekend rotation in the meanwhile. Kirkwood switch Hunter Lee has been shut down as nicely.

Iowa coach Rick Heller addressed each pitcher’s status this week.

On Probst, who went down Feb. 23 at Hawaii…

“He had a partial UCL tear,” Heller stated. “Determined to go together with the partial surgery that Trenton Wallace had final yr to keep away from it hopefully occurring again. We’ll have him again to full power near fall apply.”

On Lee, who made two aid appearances earlier than having points…

“Hunter Lee has had some hassle since he acquired here with ulnar nerve issues,” Heller stated. “When he got here in, the ulnar nerve was aggravated. He didn’t really pitch all fall. We thought he was healthy, and now, he’s again on the shelf with that again. The docs tried some stuff with Hunter. He began his throwing program (Wednesday), and we’ll see if he could make it a go for this season. Or he may need to get the ulnar nerve removed….