IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team (18-25, 4-13 Big Ten) played a doubleheader vs. Nebraska (17-28, 5-12 Big Ten) on Wednesday afternoon at Bob Pearl Field. Iowa dropped game one 5-7 and won game two 3-1.
Junior Allison Doocy earned her 500th strikeout of her career in the third inning of game two. Doocy closed out game one with four strikeouts, and pitched a complete game in the second contest with six strikeouts.
Freshman Cameron Cecil notched four hits on the day, going two-for-four in game one and two-for-three in game two.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“Allison Doocy was on fire tonight. When she starts a game she’s in the zone and it’s her game. Cameron Cecil did a great job on finding the holes and getting on, Claypool did a great job finding some hits, and Monteer had a heck of a game today as well.”
“We just have to continue to get better every day and that’s what our focus is. You’re seeing us getting better from two weeks ago to now. We’re doing the little things right, it’s going to be tough competition in Minnesota and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Nebraska struck first with a three run home run in the third inning.
The Hawkeyes responded in the bottom of the third inning scoring one. Sophomore Aralee Bogar got on base by a fielder’s choice. Freshman Cameron Cecil hit in Bogar with a RBI single to left field.
Nebraska led 3-1 heading into the fourth.
Nebraska added another run in the fourth, extending its lead to 4-1.
The Hawkeyes had a big inning in the fourth taking the lead 5-4. Junior DoniRae Mayhew started the bottom of the fourth with a walk, junior Alex Rath came in to pinch run for Mayhew. Freshman Sydney Owens advanced Rath on a SAC bunt.
Freshman Kate Claypool got on base on an error. Sophomore Ashley Hamilton notched a RBI single to score Rath. Junior Havyn Monteer hit a two-RBI single, scoring Claypool and Hamilton. Sophomore Aralee Bogar hit a RBI single to left field scoring Monteer.
Nebraska responded in the sixth scoring two runs on an error and RBI single up the middle.
Iowa fought back in the sixth, but left runners on. Owens contributed a single. Claypool bunted and got on by a fielder’s choice.
Nebraska added an insurance run in the top of the seventh by a walk. The Hawkeyes fell to the Cornhuskers, 7-5.
Game two started off slowly, but the runs came quickly in the fifth.
After Claypool’s first career double in the third, and a single by Cecil in the fourth, Nebraska broke the tie with a run in the fifth.
Iowa responded scoring two in the bottom of the fifth. Mayhew was walked, and Rath came into pinch run. Hamilton reached second on an error, and Rath scored. Monteer earned a RBI single through the left side and Hamilton scoring the leading run.
Iowa added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Cecil and Senior Mallory Kilian both notched hits in the sixth inning. Owens earned a RBI, scoring Cecil on a fielder’s choice and Kilian slid safely into second, keeping the Hawkeye inning alive.
The Hawkeyes won game two, 3-1 for the team’s second home victory of the season.
IN THE CIRCLE
Sophomore Sarah Lehmann started in the circle in game one, notching eight strikeouts – a career high. Doocy finished the game with four strikeouts.
Doocy pitched a complete game in game two for the Hawkeyes with six strikeouts. In the third inning, Doocy earned her 500th strikeout of her career, which makes her the seventh Hawkeye in program history to accomplish the feat.
- Sophomore Sarah Lehman pitched 5.2 inning and she notched eight strikeouts, a career high.
- Freshman Kate Claypool hit a double in the third inning of game two, it was her first double of her career.
- Freshman Cameron Cecil earned four hits.
- Junior Allison Doocy earned her 500th strikeout of her career.
The Hawkeyes will travel to Minneapolis, to play the Golden Gophers in a series starting Friday 6 p.m. (CT), the series will continue on Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude on Sunday at 12 p.m. Live stats will be available at hawkeyesports.com/sblive, live audio will be available on Hawkeye All-Access and live streaming will be available on BTN Plus.