IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team (19-29, 5-16 Big Ten) defeated Ohio State, (32-15 15-6 Big Ten), 1-0, on Friday night at Bob Pearl Field.
Freshman Miranda Schulte hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Sarah Lehman pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and earning four strikeouts.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“I am very proud of where we are right now, we need to keep playing this way, tomorrow we will have our full staff intact and getting one more out of this series would be great.”
“Schulte made small adjustments at the plate and it came up big when we needed it. Sarah Lehman did a great job in the circle and Abby Lien did a great job behind the plate as well.”
“Bogar was unbelievable at second base, she was not going to get denied at second base, and nothing was getting through her.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
It was knotted at zero through two innings, freshman Sydney Owens notched a hit through the middle in the second inning, and sophomore Ashley Hamilton drew a walk, but both runners were left on.
Iowa threatened in the third, with junior DoniRae Mayhew and freshman Abby Lien both drawing walks, but they were both left on.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Aralee Bogar notched a stand-up double. Mayhew moved Bogar to third on a ground-out, but was left on as both teams headed to the final two innings looking for offense.
Ohio State threated with its second bases loaded situation of the game, but a double play from Bogar to Mayhew got Iowa out of the jam.
Freshman Miranda Schulte rocked a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, erupting Pearl Field as the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead.
Iowa held on to its lead with relentless defense to defeat Ohio State, 1-0.
· Freshman Sydney Owens earned her first career start at third base.
· Sophomore Sarah Lehman pitched five hitless innings and earned the Hawkeyes a shutout.
· Iowa is now 17-2 when scoring first.
IN THE CIRCLE
Sophomore Sarah Lehmann pitched a complete game earning four strikeouts, and only allowing two hits.
This is Lehman’s fifth complete game of the season.
The Hawkeyes will continue its series vs Ohio State in its final series of the 2019 season 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.