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IOWA Magazine | June 2019
Swing Music
The Hawkeyes set the tone—and the tune—at the plate.
Austin Martin and Aralee Bogar PHOTOS: BRIAN RAY/UI ATHLETICS University of Iowa baseball player Austin Martin and softball player Aralee Bogar share their favorite walk-up songs.

Forget old-timey organ music. Nothing gets a batter's adrenaline pumping and the crowd energized quite like a pitch-perfect walk-up song. For baseball and softball players, selecting an at-bat anthem is no small matter. First off, it's a rare chance in a team sport to let their personalities shine. But more importantly, the right song when striding to the plate can give a batter extra motivation to knock the cover off the ball. From Kanye West to Panic! at the Disco, here are a few of the tunes that pumped from the speakers at Duane Banks and Bob Pearl fields this past season.

Editor's note: Some of the songs below may contain explicit lyrics.


Hawkeye Softball Walk-Up Playlist


Aralee Bogar - sophomore, second base

A fleet-footed Texan, Bogar couldn't have picked a more appropriate walk-up track. The Hawkeyes' lead-off hitter is virtually unstoppable on the base paths, leading Iowa in steals and giving opposing catchers nightmares all season long. In a win against Fordham she swiped three bases and drove home three runs.

Liz DeShields - junior, utility

Ashley Hamilton - sophomore, utility

Hallie Ketcham - freshman, outfielder

Mallory Killian - senior, utility/pitcher

Abby Lien - freshman, utility/catcher

Donirae Mayhew - junior, infielder/pitcher

Havyn Monteer - junior, outfielder

Sydney Owens - freshman, infielder

Lea Thompson - junior, infielder/outfielder


Hawkeye Baseball Walk-Up Playlist


Austin Martin - junior, catcher

One of the Hawkeyes' top sluggers, Martin turns to a '90s hip-hop classic for inspiration. The Altoona, Iowa, native spent his first two seasons at Southeastern Community College, but his "next episode" has been his best yet: fueling the Hawkeye offense with his ability to hit for both power and average. Among his many highlights was a 4-for-5 outing against Illinois State.

Mitch Boe - senior, infielder

Lorenzo Elion - junior, infielder

Izaya Fullard - sophomore, infielder

Justin Jenkins - junior, outfielder

Connor McCaffery - freshman, outfielder/ first baseman

Ben Norman - junior, outfielder

Tanner Padgett - sophomore, first baseman/outfielder

Tanner Wetrich - senior, infielder/outfielder

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