Hawkeyes See Improvement, But Fall to No. 25 Badgers

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MADISON, Wisc. — The University of Iowa softball team (15-18, 1-8 Big Ten) fell to No. 25 Wisconsin (30-5, 7-2 Big Ten), 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Goodman Softball Complex.

Sunday’s series finale started after a two-hour rain delay.

Junior Allison Doocy tallied seven strikeouts over six innings, while the Iowa offense tallied its highest hit total since March 7 (10 vs Green Bay).

“They did a great job of coming out today and wanting it. (Halle) Ketcham had a great day in the two spot. We are always looking for somebody who can fill that spot in the order and she locked that in for us today. Abby (Lien) is a real trooper and got some major hits for us. We are still working on bunts a bit. We had two situations where we got the lead runner out on a bunt, so we have to clean that up. We gave that game away today and I feel we had the opportunities to win.”

Sophomore Aralee Bogar led off the game on the first pitch with a double to left center to set the tone for Iowa’s best offensive game since March 7 against Green Bay.

Wisconsin plated two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Hawkeyes responded with a pair of their own.

Junior Lea Thompson drove junior Alex Rath and freshman Abby Lien home on a single off of the Badger pitcher for Iowa’s first two runs of the game.

Wisconsin retook the lead in the third with a solo home run and the Hawkeyes trailed 3-2.

Iowa threatened in the top of the fourth after back-to-back singles, but a close call at first base stalled Iowa’s offense as momentum shifted back toward the Badgers.

Iowa surrendered a run in the fifth to bring the score to 4-2 and Iowa couldn’t overcome the two-run deficit.


  • Iowa’s eight hits are the most hits since March 7 against UW-Green Bay (10 hits).
  • Freshman Hallie Ketcham recorded her fourth two-hit game of her career.
  • Freshman Abby Lien notched her second two-hit game of her career.
  • Junior Lea Thompson tallied her second two-RBI game of the season.

The Hawkeyes return to Iowa City for a midweek matchup against Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT).