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Hawkeyes NCAA drought comes to an end

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -  The Hawkeye baseball team is headed to the postseason. On Monday morning, Iowa was selected to take part in the NCAA regionals for the first time in 25 years.

Iowa earned the #2 seed in the Springfield, Missouri region. They'll open the tournament on Friday against 3rd seeded Oregon. The region also features top seed Missouri State and 4th seeded Canisius.

"It's an awesome feeling, being here for 5 years, and never even watching the selection show before," remarked senior infielder Jake Mangler, "To now be able to come in here and know our name's going to be called, it's a pretty special feeling for me, and I think everybody in here."

"It's super special for these guys because they made the commitment, put the work in, and believed that it could be done when a lot of people didn't," added head coach Rick Heller.


Iowa earned the bid based on a second place regular season finish in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes won all but on conference series this season.

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