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Broussard, La. – After cancelations due to weather on Saturday and a quick rain delay Sunday morning, the University of Iowa softball team concluded action at the Mardi Gras Classic in Broussard, Louisiana, on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes fell in both games, dropping a 6-4 decision to UIC before falling to Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-0.
The Hawkeyes came out swinging in the first inning against UIC with Aralee Bogar leading the charge at the top of the lineup. The freshman knocked a single down the left field line and later scored on an RBI double off the bat of redshirt sophomore Brooke Rozier.
Senior Allie Wood sent one over the left field fence in the third inning, scoring sophomore Alex Rath along the way. Iowa added a run five plays later when senior Daniella Ibarra shot a single up the middle to plate sophomore McKenzie Schneider.
UIC made up ground in the bottom of the sixth, scoring six runs on four hits and Hawkeye miscue for the win.
In game two, Louisiana-Lafayette struck early with three runs in the top of the first inning. The Ragin’ Cajuns added six runs over the final three innings to conclude the five-inning game.
KEY HAWKEYE PERFORMERS
- Wood hit her first home run of the season — and the 13th of her career — against UIC. Her last home run was hit against Valparaiso on March 17, 2017. She had one run on two hits and two RBIs for the Hawkeyes during Sunday’s action.
- Lauren Shaw threw a career-best five strikeouts against UIC. She has seven strikeouts in eight innings pitched this season.
- Iowa: 1-3
- UIC: 2-2
- Louisiana: 5-0
Iowa travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational Feb. 16-18. The Hawkeyes open the weekend with Tulsa on Friday at 10 a.m. (CT).