IOWA CITY, Iowa — Three more wins for the University of Iowa softball team at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge over the weekend puts the Hawkeyes at 7-2 overall and second in the Big Ten. Here’s the biggest takeaways from Iowa’s time in Atlanta.
DOING THINGS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN DONE BEFORE
Iowa defeated Georgia Tech for the first time in six tries on Sunday. Iowa led from start to finish to shut out the Yellow Jackets 5-0.
Before Iowa’s victory, the Hawkeyes had faced and lost to Georgia Tech in 2002, 2007, 2010, twice in 2017, and once in 2020.
The 5-0 victory is the second largest margin of victory for either team in the all-time series.
DOMINANT PITCHING AGAIN
Senior Allison Doocy and junior Lauren Shaw displayed dominant pitching performances in Atlanta.
Doocy got the weekend started with a complete-game, one hitter against Boston College on Friday. Shaw’s turn was on Saturday, throwing a complete game of her own with eight strikeouts in another Hawkeye victory against the Eagles.
Shaw closed the weekend, leading Iowa to a 5-0 win over Georgia Tech. She bested her previous career high with a 10-strikeout effort.
The duo gave up three earned runs in four games.
The Hawkeyes put together a standout weekend at the dish. Freshman Nia Carter pieced together a strong performance in the weekend opener vs. Boston College, going 3-for-3 with a double and RBI. Junior Mia Ruther also compiled a big performance at the plate, going 2-for-4. In the second game against Boston College, senior Havyn Monteer tallied two hits and drew a walk.
In the weekend finale against Georgia Tech, Kit Rocco, Nia Carter and Riley Sheehy each collected two hits. Freshman Kalena Burns’ two run homer in the fifth provided more insurance runs for Iowa.
Iowa sits second in the Big Ten standings at 7-2 overall behind Michigan (9-0).
Iowa is one of two teams with less than three losses.