March 22, 2009
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IOWA CITY – Junior Amanda Zust tossed her first career no-hitter in Iowa’s 15-0, slugging of South Dakota in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader at Pearl Field. The Hawkeyes collected a season-high 15 runs and 14 hits for their 26th win of the season.
Zust dominated the Coyote offense, allowing only two walks, both of which were in the first inning. She then retired the final 13 batters in order with seven strikeouts.
This season marks the first time in school history that the Hawkeyes have tossed three no-hitters in a single season. Senior Brittany Weil threw no-hitters against Kent State and Kennesaw State earlier this season.
Zust had plenty of help from the Hawkeye offense, with three runs in the first, five in the second and seventh in the fourth.
Senior Colleen McGlaughlin drove in two runs with a double in the first, plating senior Erin Riemersma and junior Taylor Leichsenring. Freshman Liz Watkins drove in McGlaughlin with a sacrifice fly to center for the third and final run of the inning.
Iowa’s five-run second was highlighted by a two-RBI single by McGlaughlin, and RBI singles by Leichsenring and junior Lindsey Digmann, who started her first two games of the season Sunday. Watkins also scored senior Sam Heinzman with an RBI groundout in the frame.
The Hawkeyes sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth for the seven run inning. Four-straight Hawkeyes recorded hits with one out in the inning, including RBI singles by senior Rachel West, Riemersma and Digmann, along with an RBI double by senior Quinn Morelock. Two South Dakota errors kept the inning alive for Iowa, allowing another run to score and sophomore Jenny Schuelke to tally a sacrifice fly.
Carmody and Digmann each had three hits, and McGlaughlin added four RBI.
Iowa will play its third-straight game at Pearl Field Tuesday, when it takes on William Penn at 4 p.m.