IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa softball team split a doubleheader with Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Bob Pearl Field.
Senior pitcher Lauren Shaw went the distance in the circle in Game 1 as the Hawkeyes won, 7-2.
Sophomore Nia Carter had four RBIs on 2-of-4 hitting. Senior Aralee Bogar was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Senior Pitcher Allison Doocy took the loss in the second game as the Hawkeyes were defeated, 9-1. Riley Sheehy drove home Amber DeSena for the Hawkeyes only run of the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Illinois scored first after a trio of singles. The Illini added another run in the second off of a single and a double. It was all Iowa the rest of the way. The Hawkeyes plated one in the third after Bogar tripled and scored when Brylee Klosterman reached on an error.
Iowa scored two in the fourth after Grace Banes was hit by a pitch. Ashley Hamilton singled to scored Banes and Bogar would single to drive in Hamilton. Iowa added a run in the fifth after Denali Loecker and Nia Carter singled.
Iowa added three runs in the sixth after Hamilton walked, Bogar and Klosterman reached on back-to-back bunt singles, and Carter tripled clearing the bases.
Illinois scored three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth. Iowa scored a run in the fifth after Marissa Peek doubled, and Sheehy singled scoring her. Illinois would score another four runs in the seventh on three hits and three errors.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH RENEE GILLISPIE
“The first game you could tell they had all the energy. It was really focused on what they needed to do; they understand it is in their hands now. They came out and they came ready. The first game you saw everybody one through nine getting the hits.”
“That was our discussion out there, this isn’t the Iowa team that played today. It’s bad that it came out this way. Our pitching wasn’t on, our defense wasn’t on, our hitting wasn’t on. We’ve got to work on understanding that isn’t who we are. We flush this, and we come back tomorrow, and we bring the Iowa team back.”
- Iowa has won nine of its last 11 games.
- The Hawkeyes have hit four triples this weekend.
- Lauren Shaw improved to 8-4 in the circle on the season.
The Hawkeyes (25-18) host Illinois (24-19) in the final game of the regular season Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT). The game will air live on BTN. Iowa is 8-3 on the season in Sunday games.