Mayhew’s 7th Inning Bomb Lifts Iowa over Umass

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Junior DoniRae Mayhew’s seventh inning go-ahead home run gave the University of Iowa softball team a 5-3 win over the Umass Minutewomen on the final day of the Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Mayhew recorded her first home run as a Hawkeye and junior pitcher Allison Doocy notched her third win of the season and second of the weekend, throwing her second consecutive complete game.

“We were up by three and then they tie the game at three, but those are the games we are excited to play in and see what kind of energy we have. Going into the seventh inning tied, we knew we didn’t want to go into extra innings. We knew we had to do something. Doocy was on fire on the mound, Kilian had a great hit with two outs and then D-Ray hit a big bomb for us, which gave us the upper hand going into the bottom half of the inning.”

“I wanted to go up there and hit the ball. I wanted to think about the pitch getting to me and drive one close. I didn’t want to fish after her pitch. The next pitch was there and hit it.”

The Hawkeyes jumped on Umass quickly, scoring two runs in the first inning off of an RBI double from senior Mallory Kilian and an RBI single from freshman Sydney Owens.

In the third, back-to-back doubles by Kilian and Mayhew extended Iowa’s lead to 3-0, but Umass responded with three runs in the bottom half to tie the score at three as both team’s pitching began to solidify.

After three scoreless innings, Iowa entered its final at-bat of regulation. Kilian reached on a single and Mayhew launched her first home run of the season over the left field fence to give Iowa a 5-3 lead.

Doocy finished off her third complete game of the season, retiring the Minutewomen in order to clinch the victory.

The Hawkeyes return to Kissimmee, Florida, next weekend for the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. Iowa is set to face UAB, Fordham, Morgan State, and Notre Dame.