April 12, 2006
Macomb, IL – The University of Iowa softball team (26-14) defeated Western Illinois, 5-2 Wednesday. The Hawkeyes used seven hits and three Westerwind errors for the win.
Western Illinois took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off an RBI single by Meghan Strazar. Leadoff hitter Lindsey Hession reached on a slap-hit single and scored the first run of the contest.
Iowa used a three-run third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Junior Emily Gerlick started the inning with a double to center field and took third base on a Stephanie Ackerson sacrifice bunt. Senior Brandi Sargent followed with an RBI single to score Gerlick for the first run of the frame. Senior Stacy May then hit a ball to third base and pinch-runner Rachel West scored off a throwing error by the Western Illinois third baseman. Junior Mindy Heidgerken knocked in Iowa’s third run of the inning with a single to center field.
After Western Illinois plated a run in the fourth inning, Iowa scored two more in the top of the sixth off a two-RBI single by sophomore Summer Downs that scored junior Sami Baugh and freshman Erin Riemersma.
Heidgerken paced the Hawkeye offense, going 2-4 with an RBI. Heidgerken also made a nice play in center field to throw out a Westerwind runner at the plate.
The Hawkeyes return to action Friday when they host defending NCAA champion Michigan. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.