Feb. 22, 2009
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KENNESAW, GA – Senior Brittany Weil became just the second pitcher in school history to throw two no-hitters in a single season as Iowa knocked off host-school Kennesaw State, 8-0, in five innings at the K-Club Classic Sunday. Iowa ended the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record and now stands at 12-3 overall.
Only four Kennesaw State batters reached base in the game during Weil’s no-hitter. She gave up one walk and hit two batters, with the other runner reaching base on a fielding error. The Garden Grove, CA, native struck out 12 of the 19 batters she faced.
Weil joins former Hawkeye all-American Debbie Bilbao as the only pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season. Bilbao collected a no-hitter and a perfect game during the 1997 season. Weil tossed her first career no-hitter against Kent State Feb. 13.
The Hawkeyes also extended their winning streak to six games and have recorded shutouts against all six teams during the streak. Iowa has not given up a run in 37-straight innings.
Iowa took a commanding lead in its first at-bat, plating seven runs on four hits. Senior Erin Riemersma led off the frame with a walk and junior Taylor Leichsenring reached on an error. Junior Katie Brown squared for a sacrifice bunt and beat out the throw, loading the bases with no outs. Junior Colleen McGlaughlin drove in the first two runs of the game with a single up the middle, scoring Riemersma and Leichsenring. Sophomore Jenny Schuelke was up next and cleared the bases with a three-run home run, her first of the season. Freshman Katie Keim started a new rally after getting hit by a pitch and a batter later, freshman Liz Watkins hit a towering, two-run home run over the left field fence.
The Hawkeyes plated their eighth run of the game in the second inning when senior Callie Adreon collected her first career RBI. Adreon slapped a single to left field with the bases loaded, plating Brown for an 8-0 Iowa lead.
Iowa had eight hits in the game, led by McGlaughlin, who had two hits. Six other players each had one hit.
Iowa will a week off from play before traveling to Long Beach, CA, to compete in the Long Beach Tournament March 6-7. The Hawkeyes will face tough competition out west, including nationally ranked UCLA. Iowa opens play against Longwood March 6 at 1:15 p.m. (CT).