Iowa Baseball season outlook

Iowa Baseball ready to get it going in 2018

IOWA CITY, Iowa. - Coming off a Big Ten Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth, expectations might be at an all-time high for this Hawkeyes baseball program.

Coach Rick Heller says with new faces on both the pitching staff and in the lineup, it might take a few weeks, but he expects this team to contend once again in 2018. 

"We just basically have to keep pushing forward," Heller said. "You know, one in our confidence and belief that it can be done, because the way I look at it, and I know the guys that are returning saw how close we were to having a chance of winning that regional last year. It was that close.
 
"The potential is there. I mean we lost a lot off this year's team and everybody knows that, I mean there were some really big losses. I don't think that them guys being gone eliminates that chance, but it's just gonna be a little bit tougher."

Iowa junior outfielder Robert Neustrom welcomes the challenge.

"You should always come in each year more confident," Neustrom said. "Your mindset is big in this game, mentality is huge in this game and your mental game is what's gonna separate you from everybody else. I think that's one thing our team has too, is that chip on our shoulder. You know, a northern team that can go out and compete against some of the best."
 
The Hawks will be gunning for their fifth-straight, 30-win season, but it won't be easy. Iowa plays 13 games against five different teams that qualified for the 2017 NCAA regionals. 

For more Hawkeye football coverage, follow @AdamJRossow and @HawkeyeHQ on Twitter -- and now Facebook -- and Hawkeye Headquarters on OurQuadCities.com all season.


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