IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team (15-13, 1-3 Big Ten) fell to Northwestern (23-7, 4-0 Big Ten), 5-0, on Friday afternoon in its first game of the series.
Junior Allison Doocy pitched a complete game with 9 strikeouts and two earned runs.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“We have to clean up our defense and do the little things right. We have the opportunities and ability to win these games, and we just aren’t finishing them.”
“Northwestern’s hitters are great and they don’t bite on pitches out of the zone. Doocy did a great job of keeping them off balance.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
It was a pitching battle between junior Allison Doocy and Danielle Williams of Northwestern as the two combined for 24 strikeouts.
Northwestern scored first in the second on a Hawkeye error. The Hawkeyes stymied the Wildcat attack with freshman Hallie Ketcham catching the final out of the inning on the warning track.
Ketcham notched Iowa’s first hit of the game in the sixth inning with a single that dropped into shallow center field.
Northwestern added insurance, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh. Iowa fell in order to end the game.
The Hawkeyes continue their series against Northwestern tomorrow at 1 p.m. (CT) at Bob Pearl Field. The game will be streamed live on BTN2Go with live audio available on Hawkeye All-Access.