With Iowa baseball and Bradley tied in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, Hawkeyes senior Tyler Cropley stepped into the batter’s box. He was looking for a fast ball he could elevate to the outfield. The bases were loaded with one out, so that outcome would likely be enough to drive home the game-winning run.
“I guess I put it a little further in the air than I was planning on doing,” Cropley said after the game. “But that’s fine with me.”
Instead of hitting a sacrifice fly, Cropley launched a fast ball over the wall in left field for a walk-off grand slam.
Iowa 13, Bradley 9.
Elion and Cropley deliver as the Hawkeyes walk-off against Bradley Wednesday in Iowa City: pic.twitter.com/buGr4QDibU
— Iowa Baseball (@UIBaseball) March 29, 2018
“There’s always some adversity it seems like, and we come out and we do compete when that adversity strikes,” said Cropley, who finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs. “It just shows how strong we are and how strong we’re going to be down the road.”
With the win, Iowa improved to 14-8 on the season. Next up for the Hawkeyes is a three-game set with Illinois, which will start Friday in Champaign, Ill.