IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team went a perfect 5-0 at the Hawai’i Invitational last weekend. The Hawkeyes improved to 12-2 overall and 9-1 in their last 10 games heading to Madeira Beach, Florida, next weekend for The Spring Games.
The Hawkeyes have the best record in the Big Ten Conference.
THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE
Freshman Nia Carter was on another level in Hawai’i. The California native batted .744 (10-14) with four RBIs in five games. Carter notched a hit in each game and capped the tournament with a 3-for-3 effort against UMKC.
Carter also recorded a walk-off single to defeat UMKC, 2-1, on Feb. 21.
Carter raised her batting average to a team-high and Big-Ten leading .567.
LET’S TALK ABOUT PITCHING (AGAIN)
Pitchers Lauren Shaw and Allison Doocy took care of business in the circle, going 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
Shaw threw 18.1 innings, giving up three earned runs to end the weekend with a 1.15 ERA. Sheadded 13 strikeouts.
Doocy was in complete control, throwing 16.2 innings with 31 strikeouts and a 1.26 ERA.
Iowa’s pitchers combined to allow six earned runs and eight walks to 44 strikeouts and a .209 opponent average.
MORE ON IOWA’S HISTORIC START
This is the earliest Iowa reached the 12-win plateau (Feb. 23) and third time in program history Iowa has started 12-2 or better.
The 2020 team joins the 1991 (18-2) and 2000 (13-1) teams as the best starts in program history. The 1991 team was 53-11 and the 2000 team finished 46-15.