951 The Bull Sports Report (4/23)

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The Iowa baseball team salvaged the final game of a Big Ten series at 25th ranked Minnesota. Cole McDonald allowed one run in seven innings of work to get the win as the Hawkeyes edged the Gophers 5-3.

That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller. McDonald improves to 3-1 on the season.

The Hawkeyes avoided the sweep and improved to 7-6 in the Big Ten.

We now move on to Iowa Hawkeye Football.  A key for the Iowa offense next season will be the play of Keegan Render. The senior just completed spring drills after moving from guard to center. He replaces James Daniels, who departed early for the NFL Draft. Render even got some advice from a couple of former Hawkeye centers who are in the NFL.

Render says with quarterback Nate Stanley entering his second year as a starter the offense has made a lot of progress.

Sophomore Nick Niemann has the inside track to become the starter at outside linebacker. It is a spot his older brother Ben manned for three years.

Niemann is hoping to be one of three new starting linebackers for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes closed out spring drills on Friday night.