ATLANTA, Ga. — The University of Iowa softball team (6-2) split the second day of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Saturday, defeating Boston College, 4-1, and falling to Georgia Tech, 8-0, in the second of a back-to-back.
Junior Lauren Shaw earned her fourth win of the season, tallying a career-high eight strikeouts in the early game. She was backed up by great defense with highlight plays made from juniors Mia Ruther and Aralee Bogar.
Senior Allison Doocy put in 2.1 innings with five strikeouts but took the loss for Iowa in the night game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior Lauren Shaw started strong with a quick 1-2-3 inning. Boston College got on the board first in the third inning after an Iowa error gifted an unearned run.
Iowa responded in the bottom half, adding three runs thanks to hits from senior Havyn Monteer, junior Mia Ruther, and freshman Kalena Burns.
In the fourth, Burns reached second on a dropped ball in the outfield and a double from sophomore Kit Rocco brought Burns around to extend Iowa’s lead.
Shaw capped off the victory with two strikeouts in the final frame to set a new career high with eight strikeouts.
» Shaw struck out a career-high eight Eagles hitters.
» Iowa’s highest scoring inning was the third, when it pushed three runs across.
» The Hawkeyes out-hit the Eagles at a 5-3 clip.
» The Hawkeyes drew four walks from Boston College pitching.
Senior Allison Doocy got the start in the circle and tallied five strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched before a three-run homerun in the third inning ended her night.
Senior DoniRae Mayhew relieved Doocy and put in two solid innings before three Georgia Tech runs brought junior Emma Olejniczak to the circle.
Iowa couldn’t find its groove offensively, recording one hit in the fourth inning – a single to right field from Burns.
Two more runs Georgia Tech runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to force a run rule into effect.
Iowa closes out the Big Ten/ACC Challenge tomorrow in its second game against Georgia Tech. The game is slated to start at 11:30 a.m. (CT).