March 23, 2007
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa softball team opened the home portion of its 2007 schedule with a 4-1 win over South Dakota State in the opening day of the Hawkeye Classic.
After South Dakota State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Iowa tallied one run on three hits to tie the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Rachel West hit a bunt single and advanced to third on a double by fellow sophomore Erin Riemersma. West scored on an RBI single by senior Mindy Heidgerken.
Iowa took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third off of Riemersma’s second double of the game. Sophomore Colleen McGlaughlin ripped a single up the middle and moved to second off a West walk. Riemersma then roped a double to left field to plate both runners for the lead.
The Hawkeyes tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Junior Stephanie Ackerson singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Heidgerken. She then moved to third on a ground ball and scored on a pinch-hit single by sophomore Quinn Morelock.
McGlaughlin and Riemersma each collected two hits to lead the Hawkeye offense.
Sophomore Brittany Weil picked up her third win of the season. She threw a complete game and struck out nine. Weil retired the last 13 batters of the game in a row after an intentional walk in the third inning.
Action at the Hawkeye Classic resumes Saturday when Iowa takes on North Dakota State at 12:30 p.m. and Ball State at 3 p.m.
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