Conway, S.C. – The University of Iowa softball team (3-1) claimed two victories thanks to dominant pitching performances by Lauren Shaw and Allison Doocy on day two of the 2020 Kickin’ Chicken Classic at Coastal Carolina University.
The Hawkeyes defeated Campbell University in the first game, 5-2. Iowa returned in the afternoon to beat Coastal Carolina, 2-1, in extra innings.
Junior Lauren Shaw dominated on Saturday, striking out nine Campbell hitters over seven innings of work to help power the University of Iowa softball team over the Fighting Camels. Senior Allison Doocy propelled the Hawkeyes in the second game, striking out 12 and giving up one run on four hits.
Sophomore Cameron Cecil led the way offensively for the Hawkeyes against Campbell, going 2-for-4 in the ballgame with a double and two RBIs. Freshman Kalena Burns put together a standout performance as well, going 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Aralee Bogar also contributed, going 1-for-4 for Iowa with a double.
Freshman Kalena Burns starred offensively in the second game against Coastal Carolina, going 3-for-4 from at the plate, a new career-high. Sophomore Riley Sheehy hit the game’s lone RBI, scoring Taylor Ryan.
HEAR FROM COACH GILLISPIE
“We had a great outing today. Defensively, both Lauren Shaw and Allison Doocy did a fantastic job against Campbell and Coastal Carolina. Both understood what their parts were and stepped up big to get us wins. We also had some great hitting. Kalena Burns went 4-for-5 against Coastal and had some huge hits for us all day. For a freshman to step up big and have quality at-bats, it says a lot about her. Aralee Bogar made hard contact all day. Cameron Cecil had a great day at the plate and proved herself in the outfield. I’m really proud of our team for being able to come out ahead in back-to-back games.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
Iowa started slow offensively, failing to score any runs through the first three innings.
Campbell was the first to score after a solo homerun in the second.
In the fourth, Cecil’s two-RBI double scored sophomore Kit Rocco and senior Alex Rath, who was pinch running for senior DoniRae Mayhew.
In the bottom of the fourth, Campbell fought back and collected one run on one hit to tie the game.
Iowa responded in the fifth. Sophomore Morgan Lewis drew a walk and Mia Ruther’s single to right advanced her to second. Then, Burns doubled to left center, scoring Lewis and Ruther and pushing Iowa ahead 4-2.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth.
Iowa added an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Aralee Bogar collected a lead-off double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Bogar then scored on a throwing error made by the shortstop.
» Shaw struck out nine Fighting Camels hitters.
» Iowa’s highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed two runs across.
» The Hawkeyes out-hit the Fighting Camels at an 8-4 clip.
» Lauren Shaw faced 27 Campbell hitters in the game, allowing five ground balls and seven fly balls while striking out nine.
» Cecil led the Hawkeyes at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Iowa’s defense carried the team throughout the second game against Coastal Carolina.
Iowa and Campbell were held scoreless throughout the first three innings until Kit Rocco hit a lead-off single. Riley Sheehy later hit Taylor Ryan, who was pinch running for Rocco, in on a single to put the Hawkeyes ahead.
Campbell answered in the bottom of the fourth, pushing one run across to tie the game.
Pitcher Allison Doocy and Iowa’s defense were able to halt Campbell from scoring another run the rest of the game.
After moving into extra innings for an international tie-breaker, Rocco moved pinch runner Nia Carter to third in the eighth. A few at-bats later, Campbell committed an error on Cecil’s hard-hit ground ball which scored Carter to give Iowa the lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Iowa’s defense prevented Coastal Carolina from scoring to secure Iowa’s second victory of the day and third of the season.
» Burns had three hits for Iowa.
» Doocy struck out 12 Chanticleers batters.
» The Hawkeyes out-hit the Chanticleers at an 8-4 clip.
» Allison Doocy faced 30 Coastal Carolina hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and seven fly balls while striking out 12.
» Burns led the Hawkeyes at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a new career-high.
The Hawkeyes square off against Virginia Tech in day three of the 2020 Kickin’ Chicken Class on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (CT).