Iowa baseball visits Illinois for B1G baseball series beginning Friday

Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller says Cade Obermueller is expected to return to the mound Friday night when the Hawkeyes open a Big Ten series at league leading Illinois. Obermueller missed his last two starts with a sore back.

That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller. The Hawkeyes are 13-8 and currently fifth in the Big Ten. Ths will be their final conference series and they will be forced to wait a week to see if they qualify for the eight-team Big Ten Tournament.

The Hawkeyes close the regular season next weekend with a nonconference series against Florida International in Des Moines.

llinois is the top hitting team in the Big Ten and has slammed 31 homers in posting a 13-5 record.

Heller says Hawkeye pitchers must limit walks against the Illini.

The series runs through Sunday.

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