Hawkeyes To Face Upper Iowa At Pearl Field

April 17, 2007

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IOWA CITY – Hawkeyes to Host Upper Iowa
The University of Iowa softball team (30-17, 6-4) will host Upper Iowa University (11-20, 4-3) Wednesday at Pearl Field. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 18 and under along with UI students.

Hawkeyes on the Air
The remaining games on Iowa’s schedule will be broadcast via the Internet at hawkeyesports.com. Jerry Kiwala or Rob Brooks will handle play-by-play commentary.

The broadcasts are free and can be found in the Hawkeye All-Access section.

Hawkeyes on the Web
Iowa softball fans can follow the Hawkeyes every week with Gametracker at hawkeyesports.com. Just click on the Gametracker link found on the softball schedule page.

Iowa Sweeps Michigan State
The Hawkeyes picked up a pair of wins against Michigan State Sunday. Iowa won game one, 6-2, and game two, 7-2.

Sophomore Erin Riemersma finished a perfect 3-3 and junior Stephanie Ackerson went 2-2 at the plate in game one. Junior Emily Nichols also collected two hits.

Riemersma and junior Summer Downs each went deep in game two against the Spartans. Riemersma started the game with a line-drive home run in the first inning and Downs blasted a three-run home run to center field in the sixth.

Michigan Takes Two From Iowa
The Hawkeyes lost two games against ninth-ranked Michigan last weekend. The Wolverines took game one of the series, 3-2 in 10 innings, and game two, 2-0.

Iowa took a 2-0 lead in game one off a home run in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth, both by junior Emily Nichols.

Michigan tied the game in the seventh with a two-run home run by Samantha Findlay and took the lead for good in the top of the 10th with an RBI single by Maggie Viefhaus.

Freshman Taylor Leichsenring, junior Summer Downs and senior Sami Baugh were the only Hawkeyes to record a hit.

Scouting Upper Iowa
The Upper Iowa Peackocks are an NCAA Division II team and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Peacocks are 11-20 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Upper Iowa hosts Winona State in a doubleheader Tuesday before traveling to Iowa City.

Jena Kilburg is batting .378 with two home runs, 10 doubles and 17 RBI. Jessica Gress leads the team with 20 runs scored.

Nicole Forristall is 2-1 with a 3.55 earned run average. Christy Loan has started 16 games and leads the team with 31 strikeouts.

Iowa leads the all-time series, 1-0.

Busy Weekend For Weil
Sophomore pitcher Brittany Weil appeared in all four games last weekend and threw 26.2 innings. She started the first three games and threw just over three innings of relief in the last game of the weekend against Michigan State.

Weil tossed all 10 innings against Michigan Friday. She threw 186 pitches with 125 crossing the plate for strikes.

She finished the weekend with 14 strikeouts and walked only two batters.

Lucky Number Six
Iowa scored a total of six runs in the sixth inning against Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth during game one of the doubleheader. Sophomore Quinn Morelock hit an RBI double, freshman Taylor Leichsenring hit a fielder’s choice RBI and junior Emily Nichols roped a two-RBI double to give Iowa the win.

Iowa scored two runs off a Michigan State error in the top of the sixth in game two of the twin bill.

West at Pearl Field
Sophomore Rachel West must like the friendly confines of Pearl Field. She is batting .409 (9-22) with one home run, one double and has scored nine runs in nine home games this season.

West is also a perfect 6-6 in stolen bases at Pearl Field.

Riemersma Heating Up
Sophomore Erin Riemersma collected five hits over the weekend, including a home run against Michigan State. She also scored five runs and stole two bases.

Riemersma leads the team with 35 runs scored and is also first on the team with a .406 batting average in conference play.

Weil Back to Form
After missing the first five weeks of the season with a head injury, sophomore Brittany Weil is once again leading the Hawkeye pitching staff.

Weil ranks first among Hawkeye pitchers in wins (13), earned run average (1.38), complete games (12), shutouts (6), saves (1) and strikeouts (128).

Ducks on the Pond
The Hawkeyes would like either junior Emily Nichols or sophomore Erin Riemersma at the plate with runners on base.

Nichols is batting 1.000 (4-4) with the bases loaded, .643 (23-41) with runners in scoring position and .643 (9-14) with a runner on third and less than two outs.

Riemersma is batting .900 (9-10) with a runner on third and less than two outs.

Quick on the Basepaths
As a team, Iowa has stolen 92 bases this season. Sophomore Rachel West leads the team with 25 stolen bases followed by senior Mindy Heidgerken and sophomore Erin Riemersma with 14.

Sophomore Lindsey Digmannn is a perfect 9-9 on the basepaths this season.

Scoring Early and Often
The Hawkeyes have scored 96 of their 209 runs in the first three innings of games this season.

Iowa is outscoring their opponents in every inning except the third inning.

Nichols Breaks Home Run Mark
Junior Emily Nichols broke Iowa’s career home run record with a two-run home run against Indiana on March 31. Nichols’ home run cleared the center field fence and gave Iowa a 9-0, six-inning win over the Hoosiers.

Nichols passed former Hawkeye Alicia Gerlach, who hit 29 career home runs from 1999-02.

Nichols set Iowa’s single-season home run mark with 16 long balls as a freshman along with five as a sophomore. She currently has 10 home runs this season.

Weil Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week
Sophomore pitcher Brittany Weil was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for her efforts during Iowa’s five-game road trip March 28-April 1. This was the first time Weil earned the award.

Weil picked up five wins with a 0.78 ERA in 27 innings. She collected 27 strikeouts and helped Iowa to a 4-0 record in the opening weekend of Big Ten play.

Hitting Streak Snapped
Junior Emily Nichols’ school and Big Ten record hitting streak was snapped at the Capital Classic. Nichols failed to collect a hit against Mercer on March 16, ending her streak at 28 games.

Her 28-game hitting streak is also the seventh longest in NCAA history.

Iowa Adds Two New Coaches
Jen Fried and Stacy May are new members of the Iowa coaching staff. Fried is a volunteer assistant and May is a student assistant.

Fried joins the staff from Swarthmore College in Media, PA, where she was an assistant coach from 2005-06. Her duties included designing and implementing daily practices for outfielders along with batting instruction.

Fried played both softball and soccer at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She was named the Centennial Conference Softball Player of the Year in 2004 and was an all-conference selection from 2001-04.

May was a four-year letterwinner at both third base and shortstop for Iowa from 2003-06. She was named both Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first team all-Big Ten in 2003. May was also a three-time NFCA all-Mideast Region pick and was a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America District 7 selection.

May was drafted by the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional Fastpitch League as the fourth pick in the second round in the 2006 draft. She earned the 2006 Nokona Rookie of the Year award and was also named to the all-NPF team.

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