Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller says they are still waiting to find out how severe the injury to starting pitcher Cole McDonald is but they know he won’t be pitching in this weekend’s series against 17th ranked Oklahoma State. McDonald was lifted in the fourth inning on Sunday’s win against seventh ranked Michigan with elbow discomfort and sophomore Grant Judkins may be the one to replace him in the rotation.
It may be a non-conference series but Heller says with the Hawkeyes being considered a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament it carries added weight.
Heller says it is the Hawkeye’s final chance of the regular season to build their tournament resume.
The series opens with a single game tonight.
The Iowa Conference regular season baseball race comes down to the final weekend. League leader Wartburg is 14-5 and opens a three game series Friday night at Buena Vista. Dubuque is 13-5 and hosts Nebraska Wesleyan in a three game series. Wartburg coach Joel Holst.
The offense came alive in a 13-5 win at Coe on Tuesday.
Buena Vista is sixth in the standings and will be out to clinch a spot in next week’s Iowa Conference Tournament.
With a series sweep Holst would reach a couple of milestones with his 700th win at Wartburg and his 800th as a collegiate head coach.