BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Iowa softball team (19-32) bowed out of the Big Ten Tournament, falling to Wisconsin (39-11), 7-4, in the opening game of the tournament on Thursday.
Iowa out-hit Wisconsin 10-9, including two hits by freshmen Cameron Cecil and Abby Lien and sophomore Ashley Hamilton.
Sophomore Sarah Lehman got her first career postseason start.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“We talk all the time about outhitting other teams and we did that today. Wisconsin is a tough team though and they were taking advantage of the freebies we were giving them.”
“With two seniors leaving us this year and over eight kids coming in next year, we’re looking to building with what we have. We are always looking to get better players than we had the year before and build that up. It’s going to be great competition next year and they know that. We do not want to be the last team in the Big Ten tournament and the first one out. That will not happen again in the history of Iowa softball.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sophomore Aralee Bogar ripped the first ball she saw over the center fielder’s head and was brought around home on a single by freshman Cameron Cecil to grab an early lead.
Wisconsin answered with a three-spot of its own in the bottom half.
Iowa trailed 3-1 after a scoreless second inning, but added two more runs in the top of the third off of a two-RBI double from sophomore Ashley Hamilton to tie the game at three.
Wisconsin answered Iowa’s run again with three more runs to make the score 6-3.
Junior Allison Doocy relieved Lehman in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Badgers added a seventh run.
Iowa scored its fourth run in the top of the fifth inning off of a sac fly from freshman Sydney Owens.
The Hawkeyes began their final at-bat with a single from Cecil, but Wisconsin shut the door on Iowa’s attack to end the game and Iowa’s season.
- Sophomore Ashley Hamilton recorded her first career multi-hit game and set a career-high with two RBIs.
- Sophomore Sarah Lehman notched her first postseason start.
- Iowa out-hit its opponent for the 18th time this season.
- Freshman Cameron Cecil recorded the sixth multi-hit game of her career.
- The game began with a 15-minute delay and had an hour-and-nine-minute delay after the first inning.
Iowa returns to Iowa City to prepare for the 2020 season.