HONOLULU, HI – University of Iowa softball pitchers Lauren Shaw and Allison Doocy dominated the second day of the Hawai’i Invitational on Saturday, giving up just one run and stretching Iowa’s win streak to five. Iowa defeated Portland State, 8-0, in six innings. Iowa took down host Hawai’i, 2-1, in eight innings in the second game. Doocy tied her career-high with 15 strikeouts to propel Iowa in the nightcap.
Junior Lauren Shaw (7-1) was dealing on Saturday against Portland State, tossing a two-hit shutout to lead the Hawkeyes. Shaw went the distance for Iowa, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out five.
Sophomore Kit Rocco led the way offensively for the Hawkeyes in the first game, going 2-for-4 in the with a double and four RBIs. Junior Mia Ruther starred offensively as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Junior Aralee Bogar also contributed, going 2-for-3 for Iowa with a double.
Iowa needed eight innings to finish the job, but earned the 2-1 extra-innings victory over the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in the second game.
Senior Allison Doocy (4-1) started in the circle and picked up the win for Iowa against Hawai’i. The right-hander went eight innings, giving up one run on three hits, allowing two walks and striking out 15.
Freshman Nia Carter led the way offensively, finishing 2-for-3. Sophomore Abby Lien’s RBI double that scored Nia Carter opened the game up, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead. Junior Aralee Bogar put together a standout performance as well, going 1-for-4 with an RBI that sealed Iowa’s victory in the top of the eighth.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Iowa’s offense was steady throughout the game, starting in the first. N. Carter’s single through the left side scored Ruther from third. After, an Abby Lien RBI double scores Burns from third.
In the second inning, Rocco RBIs Claypool from third and extends Iowa’s lead to three.
The Hawkeyes continued to break the game open in the third after Avery Guy singled to the catcher on a bunt and advanced N. Carter to third. N. Carter then scored from third on a throwing error, pushing Iowa’s fourth run across.
Iowa added more insurance in the fourth. Monteer was awarded first after getting beamed by a pitch. Bogar doubled to right field, moving Monteer to third. Rocco stepped up and slammed a two RBI double to left center.
The Hawkeyes failed to score in the fifth.
Monteer singled to short to begin the sixth, but was thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. Bogar followed with a single to center and then stole second. Ruther’s RBI double scored Bogar to put Iowa up seven. Rocco finished the game, singling to center and scoring Ruther.
» Shaw tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out five Vikings hitters.
» Rocco collected four RBIs for Iowa.
» Every Iowa starter reached base safely in the win.
» Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
» Four Hawkeyes had multiple hits in the ballgame. They include: Aralee Bogar, Mia Ruther, Kit Rocco and Nia Carter.
» The Hawkeyes out-hit the Vikings at a 13-2 clip.
» Iowa went 6-for-13 (.462) with runners in scoring position.
» Shaw limited Portland State to just 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
» Shaw faced 23 Portland State hitters in the game, forcing eight ground balls and five fly balls while striking out five.
» Rocco led the Hawkeyes at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
The Hawkeyes got on the scoreboard first, starting in the seventh inning. Iowa got on the board thanks to Lien’s RBI double with one out, scoring N. Carter.
The Rainbow Warriors then tied the ballgame at one before in the seventh.
The Hawkeyes came back to re-claim their advantage in the eighth inning. Iowa scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Bogar, pushing Guy across home and giving Iowa a 2-1 lead. The score remained 2-1 for the rest of the game, as Iowa held on for the win.
» Doocy’s 15 strikeouts tie her career-high.
» The Hawkeyes out-hit the Rainbow Warriors, 5-3.
» Doocy limited Hawai’i to just 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.
» Doocy faced 29 Hawai’i hitters in the game, allowing one ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out 15.
» Lien finished 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Iowa hits the field on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. (CT) against UMKC in its final game at the Hawai’i Invitational.
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