The Iowa baseball has been riding a hot streak as the regular season heads down the home stretch. The Hawkeyes have won their last 12-games and now stand 14-8 in the Big Ten after taking all three games from Indiana this past weekend.

Iowa coach Jack Dahm says they had been struggling a little bit, but a walk-off home run in a game against Illinois go them playing with more confidence. Dahm traces the success back to last off-season. He says they’ve worked extremely hard, and that work has paid off. Dahm says his inexperienced pitching staff took some time to click. Dahm says their hitting carried them early, and now the defense has stepped up too, so they’re playing well in all three phases of the game.

The Hawkeyes are currently third in the Big Ten. The top six teams qualify for the conference post-season tournament. They’re tied with Penn State, and have the tiebreaker over them, with Michigan on top and Minnesota is number two. Dahm says they can’t afford to look at the standings, and just need to keep playing like they have been.

The Hawkeyes visit Purdue for a four-game series this weekend before closing the regular season the following weekend against conference leader Michigan.