CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team (18-29, 4-16 Big Ten) fell to Northern Iowa, (23-22 13-10 MV), 4-2, on Tuesday evening inside the UNI Dome.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“UNI’s pitcher Jaclyn Spencer kept our team off-balance, she did a great job. UNI’s timely hits that was the difference in the game.”
“We have our final home series against Ohio State this weekend, and we want to play our best for our seniors. We are looking forward to being home with Hawkeye Nation behind us.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawkeyes started off hot with a hit from sophomore Aralee Bogar. Bogar stole second then third. Senior Mallory Kilian hit one right up the middle for a RBI single, scoring Bogar.
UNI responded with a one-run home run in the bottom of the first.
Iowa threatened in the top of the fourth, when junior DoniRae Mayhew got on base by a hit-by-pitch, and junior Lea Thompson notched a single but both runners were left on.
UNI took the lead in the fourth with a RBI double to left field, and a two-run home run. UNI led 4-1.
Iowa added one run in the sixth inning. Freshmen Cameron Cecil and Sydney Owens both notched hits. Freshman Abby Lien got on by a fielder’s choice, Cecil was retired on her way to third. Mayhew scored Lien on a fielder’s choice, and Owens got out advancing to third.
The Hawkeyes threatened in the top of the seventh with a hit from junior Havyn Monteer, but couldn’t get the two runs they needed, Iowa fell to UNI, 4-2.
IN THE CIRCLE
Sophomore Sarah Lehmann pitched a complete game and notching seven strikeouts, a career-high.
The Hawkeyes will host Ohio State in its final series of the 2019 season. The series starts Friday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. (CT), at Bob Pearl Field. Friday’s game is Parent’s Day, honoring the parents of the Iowa softball team. The series will continue on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m., for Alumni Day, and conclude Sunday May 5, at 12 p.m. for Senior Day.
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.