(Omaha) A couple of Iowa Hawkeye baseball players got the chance to play closer to home yesterday when the Hawkeyes defeated Creighton 5-4 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Iowa reliever Taylor Kaufman who led Glenwood to the 2010 state championship and former Lewis Central prep Eric Toole each played for the Hawks in their come from behind win. Toole played centerfield and batted leadoff where he went 0-4 at the plate. Kaufman faced three batters in the 5th inning and allowed two hits, one walk, and one unearned run. Former Tri-Center Trojan Kurt Spomer is on the Creighton roster as a reliever but did not appear in the game.
Both teams have an overall record of 21-26 after yesterday’s day game.
While both Kaufman and Toole struggled in front of the closer to home crowd today, the pair of freshman are having productive seasons for the Hawks. Kaufman boasts a 3.12 ERA coming out of Iowa’s bullpen. He’s struck out 24 batters in 26 innings pitched. Eric Toole, whose brother Justin was recently promoted to Triple A in the Cleveland organization, is hitting .280 in the leadoff spot for Iowa this season.