May 3, 2009
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ANN ARBOR, MI – The No. 25 University of Iowa softball team was defeated by No. 8 Michigan, 6-0, Saturday at Alumni Field. The Wolverines hit two home runs and limited Iowa to just two hits in the contest. Iowa slips to 38-14 overall and 9-7 in Big Ten action, while the Wolverines improve to 38-9 overall and 14-2 in conference play.
Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor kept the Hawkeye offense in check, giving up just two hits while striking out 16 batters. Taylor took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before sophomore Chelsey Carmody recorded an infield single. Junior Katie Brown had Iowa’s only other hit, which was a solid single up the middle in the seventh inning.
“We just took too many strikeouts today,” Head Coach Gayle Blevins said. “Our offense needs to do a better job in our final four games to get some runs on the board. We need to regroup and face Wisconsin at home Wednesday, and we would love to have a great crowd at Pearl Field.”
Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, when Steph Kirkpatrick roped a solo home run over the left field fence.
The Wolverines added to their lead in the fourth when Maggie Viefhaus recorded a three-run homer over the center field fence.
Two more Michigan runs in the bottom of the sixth gave the Wolverines a 6-0 advantage.
Senior Brittany Weil took the loss, falling to 22-10 on the season. She tossed 3.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Junior Amanda Zust threw 2.2 innings relief and gave up two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
The Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday, when they host Wisconsin in a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.