Oct. 4, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa —The University of Iowa softball team used a 20-hit effort to play to a 17-3 win over Marshalltown Community College at Pearl Field on Friday, Oct. 5. With the win, the Hawkeyes move to 3-2 in fall action.
Iowa used a pair of hits and a Tiger miscue to take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Brianna Luna opened with a walk and Erin Erickson followed with a single to left field. An error on the play allowed Luna to wheel home for Iowa’s first run. Kayla Massey plated the second Hawkeye run with a single to left.
In the second inning, Sammi Gyerman reached on a single through the right side then stole second and third. An errant throw on her second steal attempt allowed her to touch home and extend the Hawkeye lead to 3-0.
The Hawkeye offense stayed hot in the third inning adding three runs. Massey used a long ball to left to score two, after Erickson started the inning with a walk. Holly Hoffman and Michelle Zoeller followed reaching on a single to left and an error, respectively. Gyerman capitalized on the RBI opportunity, singling home Hoffman to make it 5-0 Iowa.
After tossing three innings of hitless softball, Iowa starting pitcher Micaela Whitney handed the reins to Shayla Starkenburg in the top of the fourth. The Tigers scored three runs with three walks and a single to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Iowa responded in the bottom of the fourth with a run when Luna doubled in Erickson, who singled up the middle to start the inning. The Hawkeyes added an additional two runs in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out rally. Kaitlyn Mullarkey and Erickson provided the momentum with back-to-back singles, and Michaela Johnson delivered in the clutch, scoring two with a double to the left field wall.
After trading zeroes with Marshalltown Community College in the sixth, Iowa scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh. Doubles from Kara Misel, Hoffman, and Gyerman, and singles from Luna and Haley Hansel highlighted the scoring effort.
After being held scoreless in the eighth, the Iowa defense used a pair of ground outs and a line out to close out the nine-inning victory, 17-3.
Whitney recorded the win in the circle tossing three innings of perfect softball. She struck out four in her appearance. Starkenburg struck out three in her two innings of work, and Massey recorded three strikeouts and held the Tigers hitless in the game’s final three innings.
The Hawkeyes wrap up their fall season with a pair of games at Pearl Field on Oct. 12. Iowa faces Kansas at 1 p.m. and Kirkwood Community College at 3:30 p.m.