The University of Iowa softball team split a pair of games on day one of the Speedline Invitational Thursday. The Hawkeyes fell to Baylor, 4-3, in a nine-inning battle in game one, then came back to blank the Boston University Terriers 4-0.
The Hawkeyes lost a back and forth battle in game one. After Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the second, Baylor jumped back into things with a three-run third. The Hawkeyes responded with a run in the top of the fourth, then tied things up in the sixth.
The game remained knotted at 3-3 until the bottom of the ninth, when the Bears pushed the winning run across with one out. Stacy May paced the Iowa offense by going 2-for-3 with her first home run of the season.
In game two, Hawkeye all-American Lisa Birocci righted the ship herself by dominating the Boston University hitters. The junior from Des Moines allowed only two hits and struck out 16 Terrier batters.
The offense was clicking too, as Iowa pounded out 11 hits and five doubles against Boston. Kylie Murray led the Hawkeye attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Senior Sarah Thomson was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Iowa will take on Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. tomorrow, then go up against the United State Olympic Team in an exhibition at 5 p.m.