Iowa's Jake Adams is having a silly year at the plate. (Iowa photo)


Iowa’s Adams: The Baker Of Bombs


Iowa Hawkeyes junior first baseman Jake Adams leads the nation in “Cake Bombs” per game.

That’s the nickname – props to FoulPoleSports – for Adams’ home runs, and he has hit 24 of them so far, breaking a school single-season record that had lasted 31 years.

The 21-year-old Adams leads Iowa (34-19) in batting average (.344), RBIs (65) and slugging percentage (.750) as the Hawkeyes prepare to open the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday vs. Maryland at Bloomington, Ind. He trails national leader Ben Fisher by one homer, but he is averaging 0.45 homers per game, more than anyone else in Division I.

Adams’ tasty treats – those aforementioned Cake Bombs – are often launched a long, long, l-o-n-g way.

“Jake is a strong man – I’ve never had a player hit balls as far as him,” Iowa coach Rick Heller said of Adams, who is 6-foot-2 and has cut his weight from 250 to 232.

“I can’t tell you how many times he has hit balls 500 feet in practice, and I’m not exaggerating.”

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