March 21, 2010
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IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa softball team shutout the South Dakota Coyotes 8-0 in six innings behind a spectacular pitching performance by senior Amanda Zust. The Des Moines, IA native tossed her second career no-hitter, striking out a season-high eight batters while facing just two hitters over the six-inning minimum.
Senior Katie Brown backed up Zust’s pitching performance with a season-high four hits and three RBI in Iowa’s 8-0 win. Lindsey Digmann (2-for-3) and Liz Watkins (2-for-2) also added a pair of hits for Iowa offensively. Freshman Jordan Goschie collected her first career hit while driving home the game-deciding run with a sixth-inning single. Goschie finished the contest 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
The Hawkeyes struck first in the third inning when they loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Katie Brown. Brown delivered with her first career triple to clear the bags and give Iowa a 3-0 lead.
Iowa struck again in the fourth frame when Goschie reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a double steal to give Iowa a 4-0 edge.
Watkins started Iowa’s fifth-inning rally by driving a single up the middle to lead off the frame. She was then lifted for pinch-runner Ashley Akers, who promptly stole second base and advanced to third on a pass ball. Goschie then drove home Akers with a sacrifice fly to deep left field to plate Akers to stretch Iowa’s advantage to 5-0.
The Hawkeye offense continued to roll in the bottom of the sixth when Digmann singled, stole second base and scored on Chelsey Carmody’s base hit to extend Iowa’s lead to 6-0. Carmody eventually advanced to third when Watkins drew a base on balls and Brown singled to load the bases. Jenny Schuelke then coaxed a walk to plate Carmody and give Iowa a 7-0 cushion, before Goschie singled to right to score the final run and give Iowa the 8-0 victory.
Iowa and South Dakota conclude the doubleheader at 4 p.m.