IOWA CITY — Jake Mangler hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning Friday to help his Iowa Hawkeyes defeat Northwestern 3-2 in Big Ten college baseball.
“I guess I was in a great position,” Mangler, a senior from Clinton, said. “The guys ahead of me had to get on base. They got on, and it made my job easier.”
Mangler got the hit off Northwestern relief pitcher Jake Stolley on an 0-1 count. Mangler knew what pitch he wanted.
“I was sitting on breaking ball; he threw it to me first pitch and gave it to me again on second pitch,” Mangler said.
Mangler was 3-for-5 with the game-winning RBI to put the Hawkeyes at 9-1 in Big Ten play.
“It’s a big game,” Mangler said. “Every conference game is big for us; They had their best pitcher out there, and the team kept fighting. Somehow we were able to get it done.”
Mangler and the Hawkeyes played in front of a crowd of 1,588.
“The crowd was awesome,” he said. “Biggest crowd since I’ve played at Duane Banks Field. It says a lot. It’s going in the right direction. For the first time we had people in stands; we didn’t have regulars. It’s kind of cool to see that as the year has progressed.”
Iowa is 25-10 and will continue its series against the Wildcats at 2 p.m. today.