IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team (15-14, 1-4 Big Ten) dropped game two of the series against Northwestern (24-7, 5-0 Big Ten), 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Bob Pearl Field.
Junior Allison Doocy pitched her second complete game of the series, adding two strikeouts to her 11 on the series.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“Our team came back with a lot of grit and fight. Offensively, we were doing the little things right that we needed to do, we just came up short. It wasn’t ours today, we are looking towards tomorrow and excited about that game.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Northwestern wasted no time in the first, scoring four runs off of two doubles and a home run.
Freshman Kate Claypool gave the Hawkeyes a spark with a triple in the third inning. Aralee Bogar brought home Claypool with an RBI single to put Iowa on the board.
The Hawkeyes threatened in the fifth inning but couldn’t muster any runs. Freshman Abby Lien drew a walk, and junior Alex Rath came into pinch run for Lien.
Freshman Sydney Owens advanced Rath on a bunt and junior Havyn Monteer contributed a SAC bunt, advancing both runners. Iowa stranded both on base.
Iowa kept fighting in the sixth, scoring its second run. Lien notched an RBI single, scoring junior Lea Thompson, who reached base on a walk.
Northwestern added two insurance runs in the seventh.
The Hawkeyes close out their series against Northwestern tomorrow at 12 p.m. (CT) at Bob Pearl Field. The game will be streamed live on BTN2Go with live audio available on KXIC 800 AM.