OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brayden Frazier hit his first career grand slam in the fifth inning and Iowa routed Michigan 13-3 to begin the Big Ten Tournament. Third-seeded Iowa (40-13) advances to the winners’ bracket for a game on Thursday. Sixth-seeded Michigan (26-27) plays in the consolation bracket on Wednesday.
Frazier’s third home run of the season was the ninth grand slam for the Hawkeyes, who hadn’t had a slam in the conference tournament since 2017. Jack Whitlock (7-0) got the win after striking out three with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Starter Marcus Morgan also struck out three over four innings, while walking five. Iowa, which entered averaging 9.1 runs in their last 10 contests, scored six runs in the fifth inning for a 7-1 lead.