BATON ROUGE, La. — Junior pitcher Allison Doocy struck out 14 to lead the University of Iowa softball team to a 5-3 win over Bucknell on Friday.
Head coach Renee Gillispie got a win in her first game at Iowa, while seven newcomers saw action in a game that Iowa never trailed in.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“Excellent team effort today and its thrilling to get our first win under our belt. Bogar was a spark today leading off with a first-pitch triple, our first run of the day, and a sac fly for a second run. Doocy locked down our defense by providing us with 14 strikeouts. It was a solid debut at the plate by Bogar, Lien, Kilian, Owens, and Cecil.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes came out the gates fast with sophomore Aralee Bogar opening the game with a triple to left center. Bogar was brought home on an error to give the Hawkeyes an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, freshmen Sydney Owens and Cameron Cecil both singled for their first career hits. Owens scored on a sac fly from Bogar as Iowa took a 2-0 lead.
Iowa gave up ground in the third, allowing Bucknell to tie the score after a double brought in two.
After a scoreless fourth inning, both teams added a run in the fifth.
Iowa’s seventh inning was built by freshmen. Kate Claypool, who was pinch-running for senior Mallory Kilian, scored Iowa’s fourth run on a throwing error, and Abby Lien roped a triple to right center to bring home Owens, who walked.
Iowa closed the game with Doocy striking out the side.
- Doocy’s 14 strikeouts are one off of her career-high 15 strikeouts, set twice last season.
- Owens, Lien, and Cecil all recorded the first starts of their careers, while freshmen Miranda Schulte and Claypool, and junior DoniRae Mayhew all saw their first action in a Hawkeye uniform.
- Head Coach Renee Gillispie gets her first win at Iowa.
The Hawkeyes return to action this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. (CT) against No. 10 LSU. The game will be streamed live on SEC+. Live stats are available on hawkeyesports.com/sblive.