April 4, 2016
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The University of Iowa softball team travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a doubleheader against the Cornhuskers on Wednesday. Game one is set to begin at 4 p.m. (CT) with game two following at 6 p.m.
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Both of Wednesday’s games will be streamed live online via BTN Plus. To see if your cable package gives you access to BTN Plus content, sign up for BTN Plus, or learn more about it, visit btn2go.com.
Live audio is available for both of Wednesday’s game on Hawkeye All-Access at hawkeyesports.com. Play-by-play announcer Austin Bramley will call the action from Bob Pearl Field. Live stats are also available on the softball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
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•Nebraska owns a 22-12 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Big Ten conference action.
•Eight Huskers are hitting above .300: Kiki Stokes (.437), MJ Knighten (.425), Mattie Fowler (.341), Lotte Sjulin (.333), Alyvia Simmons (.327), Alicia Armstrong (.322), Kaylan Jablonski (.306), and Dawna Tyson (.302).
•Cassie McClure leads the team with a 3.21 ERA and a 13-6 record.
•The Huskers swept the Terrapins in College Park, Maryland, last weekend (7-4, 14-2 (6), 26-4 (5)).
•Nebraska owns a 15-12 advantage in the all-time series.
•The Hawkeyes and Huskers met three times last year, twice in Iowa City and once in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Nebraska won all three contests.
IN THE RANKINGS – B1G
Five Big Ten teams appear in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released on March 8. No. 2 Michigan, No. 22 Minnesota, and No. 24 Ohio State are ranked within the top 25, while Nebraska (2) and Illinois (1) are receiving votes.
TAKING ON THE BEST
•Seven of Iowa’s 2016 opponents are coming off a 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance.
•Iowa is scheduled to play 15 games against those opponents this season.
•The teams include: Louisville, Texas, Nebraska, Northwestern, Missouri, Indiana State, and Minnesota.
3 HOME RUNS PROPEL IOWA TO 1ST B1G VICTORY
Three home runs lifted the Hawkeyes to a 10-3 victory over Purdue on April 3 — Iowa’s first conference win of the season. Sophomore Allie Wood hit a two-run home run in the second inning before sending a three-run shot over the center field wall in the third. Senior Erin Erickson registered a solo blast in the bottom of the sixth.
Four Hawkeyes hit .500 or better in three games against Purdue from April 1-3. Sophomore Sarah Kurtz led the team with a .667 average. Sophomore Allie Wood (.556), redshirt junior Sammi Gyerman (.500), and redshirt senior Holly Hoffman (.500) all hit above .500.
Sammi Gyerman led the team with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate against Purdue on April 2. The redshirt junior registered a single and a pair of home runs in the contest. She tallied four of Iowa’s seven RBIs in the contest. It marked the third time in her career she hit two or more home runs in a single game.
Junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey has reached base successfully in 26-of-30 games this season. The Park Ridge, Illinois, native leads the team in runs scored (25), extra base hits (15), triples (3), home runs (5), RBIs (21), total bases (53), slugging percentage (.596), on-base percentage (.443), and stolen bases (10).
WOOD PLATES FIVE
Allie Wood registered home runs in back-to-back at bats against Purdue on April 3. The sophomore hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second, before hitting a three-run shot in the third. She accounted for five of Iowa’s 10 RBIs in the contest.
EXTRA BASES FOR HOFFMAN
Holly Hoffman hit .500 in two games against Purdue on April 2-3. The redshirt senior registered four hits in eight at bats. Three of her four hits were for extra bases. Hoffman went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple on April 2, before registering a single and a double on April 3.
After registering 11 extra-base hits in all of 2015, junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey has hit 15 in 30 games this season. The Park Ridge, Illinois, native leads the team in home runs (5) and triples (3), and ranks second on the team in doubles (7) this season.
Sophomore Angela Schmiederer has registered 21 starts at three different positions this season. She has made 10 starts behind the plate, seven in the outfield, and four as Iowa’s designated player. Six of Schmiederer’s 11 hits this season have been for extra bases, including a game-winning grand slam against Lamar on March 6.
Redshirt senior Holly Hoffman led the Hawkeyes at the plate in her home state of Indiana from March 25-27. The Osceola, Indiana, native hit .333 with three hits in nine at bats. Two of her three hits were for extra bases (double, home run).
KILIAN AT THE DISH
Freshman Mallory Kilian is hitting .311 on the season. The Fort Dodge, Iowa, native has started 17 games for the Hawkeyes. She has registered 17 hits in 54 at bats. Seven of her 17 hits have been for extra bases (4 home runs, three doubles). Kilian is slugging .593 and owns an on base percentage of .393.
•After stealing 18 bags in all of 2015, Iowa has swiped 41 bases in 30 games this season.
•Iowa is 41-for-47 on the base paths this season.
•Junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey leads the team with 10 stolen bases, while junior Claire Fritsch has nine.
TAYLOR SHOWS SPEED
•Katy Taylor is 7-for-8 in stolen bases this season.
•The sophomore transfer has stolen two bases in one game two times this season (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 14 and Lipscomb on Feb. 20).
•The Owasso, Oklahoma, native has registered 23 hits on the season. Sixteen of her 23 hits are infield singles.
AROUND THE BIG TEN
•The Hawkeyes are tied for third in the conference with 41 stolen bases.
•Iowa pitchers have struck out 54 batters looking this season — tied for the second most in the Big Ten.
•Iowa is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in triples (5).
•Junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey is tied for fourth in the Big Ten with three triples, fifth in hit by pitches (7), seventh in walks (19), and ninth in stolen bases (10).
KILIAN COMES THROUGH IN HONOLULU
•Freshman Mallory Kilian led the team with a .333 clip in five games at the Rainbow Wahine Classic from March 16-19.
•Kilian plated the game-winning run with a single up the middle against Texas on March 16.
•The Fort Dodge, Iowa, native recorded her second home run of the season against Hawaii on March 18. The blast tied the game in the top of the seventh inning.
CHAMBERS MAKES DEBUT
Daniela Chambers made her Hawkeye debut against Indiana on March 25. The sophomore registered a pinch-hit walk in the seventh inning against the Hoosiers. The next day, Chambers made her first career start as Iowa’s designated player.
Angela Schmiederer registered the game-winning grand slam against Lamar on March 6. The sophomore entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth. After singling and scoring a run, Schmiederer remained in the game Iowa’s offensive player. An RBI fielder’s choice and the game-winning grand slam followed. She registered a career-high five RBIs on the afternoon.
GYERMAN HEATS UP IN TULSA
Sammi Gyerman hit .571 in four games at the Tulsa Tournament on March 5-6. The redshirt junior registered eight hits in 14 at bats. Four of her eight hits were doubles. Gyerman plated all four of Iowa’s runs in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Lamar on March 5, including a three-run double and a walk-off sacrifice fly.
Three different Hawkeyes went deep against Lamar on March 6. Senior Whitney Repole hit her first home run of the season — a solo shot — in the top of the third inning. Sophomore Angela Schmiederer registered the game-winning grand slam in the top of the seventh, while junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey capped off a sixth-run seventh inning with a two-run blast.
SIX-RUN SEVENTH LEADS HAWKEYES TO VICTORY
Tied 8-8 going into the seventh inning, the Hawkeyes plated six runs to earn a 14-8 victory over Lamar on March 6. Sophomore Angela Schmiederer hit the game-winning grand slam, while junior Kaitlyn Mullarkey added a two-run blast in the inning.
The Hawkeyes re-launched their blog, The Dugout, for the 2016 season. The blog will reach out to fans and provide them with the opportunity to connect with the student-athletes, coaches, and staff who work hard every day to make the Hawkeye softball program a success. The Dugout aims to deliver unique insight into the lives of the Iowa softball team. Each week, The Dugout will feature a different softball student-athlete. To see the latest post, visit hawkeyesports.com.
•Junior transfer Elizabeth Wiegand joins the team after spending two seasons with UT Martin. Wiegand appeared in 26 games with 21 starts for the Skyhawks in 2015. She led UT Martin in ERA (2.94), wins (12), appearances (26), starts (21), complete games (16), shutouts (3), innings pitched (135.2), and strikeouts (63) as a sophomore.
•Sophomore transfer Katy Taylor joins the Hawkeyes after spending a season at Labette Community College. Taylor helped the Cardinals to a 38-16 overall record and a Region VI Championship. She led the nation in stolen bases (89) and paced the Cardinals in hits (76), doubles (10), triples (3), walks (21), batting average (.435), and on base percentage (.485).
•Freshmen Erin Riding (pitcher), Mallory Kilian (pitcher/utility), and Brooke Rozier (catcher/utility) will all make their Hawkeye debuts in 2016.
•Jake Schumann joined the Iowa softball staff on Aug. 5, 2015. Schumann will handle the Hawkeye offense. He joins the staff after spending last season as the associate head coach at Ole Miss. He has also served as the head coach at Florida International (2011-14), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2007-11), Texas A&M-Kingsville (2003-07), and Carl Albert State College (2001-03).
•Former Hawkeye Rachel West is Iowa’s new volunteer assistant coach. West appeared in 202 games for the Hawkeyes from 2005-09. The Burlington, Iowa, native still stands as one of the best base stealers in program history. West swiped 86 bags during her four-year career — a mark that ranks fourth in program history.
•Sharon Palma is in her first year as the director of operations for the Iowa softball program. The Grand Rapids, Michigan, native came to Iowa after spending the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Ole Miss. A former professional pitcher for the Carolina Diamonds in the National Pro Fastpitch League, Palma has also spent time as an assistant coach at Florida International (2014) and IUPUI (2013), and a volunteer assistant coach at Michigan State (2012).
Iowa has made four Women’s College World Series appearances (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001) and played in 16 NCAA Tournaments in school history. The 16 appearances are the second most in Big Ten history, and the four WCWS appearances equal the second most in conference history. The Hawkeyes have won four Big Ten Conference regular season championships (1989, 1997, 2000, 2003) and two Big Ten Tournament titles (2001, 2003). Iowa holds a 1279-814-5 (.611) record in 38 seasons.
Season tickets are now available for the 2016 Iowa softball regular season. Reserved seats are available for $20, while general admission season tickets are $15, and faculty and staff tickets are $12. Single game tickets are also available for $5. Youth, ages 18 and younger, can attend games free of charge.
To purchase season tickets, visit the UI Athletics Ticket Office inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, call 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or visit hawkeyesports.com.
The Hawkeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois, for a three-game series against Northwestern on April 8-10.