Hawkeyes Split Day 1 of Saluki Invitational

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CARBONDALE, Ill. – The University of Iowa softball team played a double header on Friday, March 8 vs. University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB).

Iowa defeated UIC 5-1, but fell to UWGB 6-4. 

We still have a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be for Big Ten Play. Doocy came out strong in game one and a good game closer for game two. Bogar and Mayhew stepped up on both sides of the plate today. Abby Lien feeling right at home in the cold came up big for us with home runs in both games.”

Game 1 vs. University of Illinois-Chicago

Sophomore Aralee Bogar started the Hawkeyes off in the top of the first with a hit. Freshman Hallie Ketcham got on base by a fielder’s choice.

Freshman Sydney Owens, and junior Liz DeShields both contributed a hit in the second. Freshman Abby Lien hit her first career home run, scoring Owens and DeShields to put the Hawkeyes up 3-0.

The Hawkeyes had a big inning in the fourth scoring two runs with hits from Hamilton, Bogar, and junior DoniRae Mayhew.

Junior Havyn Monteer notched one hit in the fifth.

Iowa had a total of eight hits.

Junior Allison Doocy pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and allowing only one run.

Game 2 vs. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The Hawkeyes got off to a slower start than their usual, knotted at 0 until the third when UWGB struck first, scoring six runs.

Iowa came alive in the fourth with a hit by Mallory Kilian and another home run by Lien, her second of the day.

In the sixth, Mayhew hit a double followed with singles by freshman Sydney Owens and Monteer. Monteer scored two to bring the Hawkeyes within striking distance.

The Hawkeyes couldn’t keep their bats going in the seventh and fell to the Phoenix, 6-4.

Sophomore Sarah Lehman started off in the circle, and senior Erin Riding relieved her in the third and recorded four strikeouts.  

Doocy relieved Riding in the seventh and recorded two strikeouts.

The Hawkeyes will continue play at the Saluki Invitational Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. (CT) vs. Butler. Follow along on twitter, and on hawkeyesports.com/sblive.