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Trenton Wallace eager to find role with Hawkeyes after injury

Wallace improving at plate, to be cleared to pitch in games later this month

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Former Assumption Knight Trenton Wallace is entering year two in Iowa City with the Hawkeyes baseball team.

His freshman year ended with an arm injury, forcing Wallace to have surgery on his elbow. Wallace worked his way back into the mix through rehab, and he's excited to find his role on this year's squad.

"It's kind of confusing right now," Wallace said. "I think right now I see myself as more of an offensive role and then maybe a lefty specialist out of the bullpen to start the season. Obviously the goal would be to get back to where I was last year as a starter, but we'll just see. Hopefully our rotation doesn't need to change, because I hope those guys perform to the best of their abilities."

Coach Rick Heller says it's the first player in his tenure with the program that has actually under gona that procedure for the injury.

"Man, he has really bounced back well. His hitting at this point is way ahead of where it was last season," Heller said. "Pitching-wise, he's been throwing live sets, you know, 20, 30 pitches. And he's already up to 90, 91...things look sharper, crisper than they did at any point last season."

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