The University of Iowa softball team takes a break from tournament action for a midweek doubleheader against No. 14 Arizona State on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. (CT). Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
Killin’ it Kilian
- Junior Mallory Kilian blasted a solo home run on the first pitch at the Grand Canyon Invitational. The Hawkeyes went on to defeat Georgetown, 5-0.
- Kilian also recorded a personal-best two stolen bases against the Hoyas. These were the first two stolen bases of her career.
- The junior hit her second home run of the weekend against Georgetown on Sunday. The two-RBI bomb led Iowa to a 2-0 victory.
- Kilian leads Iowa with a .333 batting average, a .643 slugging percentage, and a .464 on-base percentage. She has a career-high four stolen bases and a team-high three home runs.
- Freshman Aralee Bogar has 15 hits, 13 runs, 10 stolen bases, and a .273 batting average during her time in black and gold.
- She also has a .382 slugging percentage and a .310 on-base percentage.
- Bogar is tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 stolen bases. She is currently a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen bases.
Wood at the Dish
- Senior Allie Wood led the Hawkeyes at the plate at the Grand Canyon Invitational with five hits, two runs, a double, and a .357 batting average.
- Wood’s RBI double in the top of the seventh tied Monday’s game against GCU at 5-5, forcing extra innings. Iowa went on to win, 6-5.
- After a career-high 15 strikeouts and a 2-0 weekend, sophomore pitcher Allison Doocy was named co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.
- The final 10 outs of the game against Georgetown on March 11 came from her hand.
- This was the first pitcher of the week award for Doocy and the first time a Hawkeye has earned the honor since Kayla Massey on March 31, 2014.
- Doocy was also selected as the College Sports Madness Big Ten Player of the Week.
- Doocy followed up the two honors with another win on Monday night against Grand Canyon.
- Doocy racked up 21 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched. She allowed just seven hits and three walks through the weekend.
- Doocy leads Iowa with a 1.19 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 53.0 innings pitched.
No. 13 Arizona State
- Arizona State is 21-2 overall and ranks No. 13 in the nation after sweeping a series against Minnesota on March 9-11.
- The Sun Devils are led by Kindra Hackbarth, who has a .423 batting average with 30 hits, 18 runs, and a .577 slugging percentage.
- Arizona State leads the series, 23-10. The teams last faced on March 4, 2017, at the Judi Garman Classic. The Sun Devils won a 5-4, 10-inning contest. Iowa last defeated ASU on Feb. 18, 2005 (2-0).
- Three Hawkeyes have thrown complete games: freshman Lauren Shaw, sophomore Allison Doocy, and junior Erin Riding.
- Doocy leads the team with six complete games, including a 3-1 victory over then-No. 8 Baylor on March 4.
- Riding threw a five inning run rule performance on Feb. 17 against Butler at the Texas A&M Invitational. She gave up two hits and no walks in the 8-0 win.
- Shaw pitched a 5-0 victory over Georgetown on March 10 at the Grand Canyon Invitational. She had a career-high six strikeouts and allowed just four hits in 7.0 innings pitched. This was also Shaw’s first career shutout.
In the Rankings
Five Hawkeye opponents are ranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll released on March 13: Texas A&M (7), Baylor (11), Arizona State (13), Michigan (19), and Louisiana-Lafayette (20). Wichita State, Minnesota, and Nebraska received votes.
In the Rankings – B1G
Two Big Ten teams appear in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll released on March 13: No. 17 Ohio State and No. 19 Michigan. Minnesota and Nebraska received votes.
Schneider Goes Yard
- Sophomore McKenzie Schneider hit her first home run of the season at the Judi Garman Classic on March 4.
- The Southlake, Texas, native sent a two-run shot deep over the right-center field wall in Iowa’s 3-1 win over then-No. 8 Baylor.
- The homer was the second of her career.
- The Hawkeyes defeated then-No. 8 Baylor, 3-1, in their final game at the Judi Garman Classic on March 4.
- Two of sophomore pitcher Allison Doocy’s eight strikeouts were against Baylor’s Carlee Wallace, who had only struck out twice in 30 at-bats before Sunday’s matchup.
- The win was Iowa’s first over a top 10 team since beating then-No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor on March 29, 2015.
- Five Hawkeyes — Sarah Kurtz (2), Wood (2), Devin Cantu (1), Monteer (1), and Schneider (1) — collected hits in the game.
The Hawkeyes will continue to produce their blog, The Dugout, for the 2018 season. The blog provides fans the opportunity to connect with the student-athletes, coaches, and staff around the Hawkeye softball program. The Dugout aims to deliver a unique insight into the lives of the Iowa softball team. Each week, The Dugout features a different softball student-athlete, coach, or support staff member. To see the latest post, visit hawkeyesports.com.
General Admission (Public) – $15
General Admission (Fac/Staff) – $12
Season tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets, by calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or at the UI Athletics Ticket Office at the north entrance of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa concludes tournament action at the Creighton Invitational on March 16-17. The Hawkeyes open the weekend with a 1 p.m. (CT) contest against Wichita State. Iowa then faces Wichita State and Creighton on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to close out tournament play.