March 15, 2008
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DeLand, FL – Cornell snapped Iowa’s six-game winning streak with a 1-0, eight inning win over the Hawkeyes Saturday at the Stetson Spring Classic. Iowa was only able to collect two hits and falls to 16-6 overall.
International tiebreak rules were used to start the eighth inning, which places a runner on second base to start the frame. Cornell’s Jaime Tupino started on second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Samantha Hare followed with a squeeze bunt and Tupino slid home safely for the only run of the contest.
Junior Colleen McGlaughlin nearly ended the game in dramatic fashion, but strong winds cancelled the effort. In the bottom of the seventh, McGlaughlin hit a towering fly ball to left field that looked to be long enough for a walk-off home run, but the wind held the ball at the warning track, allowing the Cornell left fielder to make the catch.
Sophomore Lindsey Digmann collected the only Iowa hits, going 2-3. Cornell pitcher Jenn Meunier gave up a double to Digmann to start the first and retired 16 of the next 17 Hawkeyes in a row before giving up another hit to Digmann in the sixth. The only other runner to reach was McGlaughlin, who recorded a fielder’s choice in the first inning.
Junior Brittany Weil tossed her second complete game of the day in the loss. Weil allowed four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. The Garden Grove, CA, native threw a total of 207 pitches in 15 innings of work Saturday.
Iowa will wrap up play at the Stetson Spring Classic Sunday with a rematch against Cornell at 12:30 p.m. and a game against host-school Stetson at 4:30 p.m.