SAN DIEGO, California – The University of Iowa softball team defeated South Dakota State, 2-1, on Friday afternoon before falling to DePaul, 13-0, on Friday night at the USD Softball Complex.
Sophomore Brylee Klosterman and junior Nia Carter each tallied two hits for the Hawkeyes in the first game of the day. Sophomore Denali Loecker and junior Kalena Burns each notched an RBI.
Loecker got the start in the circle throwing all seven innings and collecting the win.
Carter, Burns, and senior Riley Sheehy recorded a hit in the second game for Iowa.
Senior Breanna Vasquez got the start in the circle moving to 2-1 on the season with the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a scoreless five innings the Hawkeyes finally broke through and scored their first run of the day in the top of the sixth. Freshman Tristin Doster hit a leadoff double and sophomore Zoe Schulte came in to run for her. Loecker had a bunt single, moving Schulte to third. Burns laid down a bunt and the Hawkeyes successfully pulled off the squeeze.
Iowa added an insurance run in the top of the seventh after Klosterman singled, Carter singled, and both advanced on a wild pitch. Doster and Loecker both drew walks scoring Klosterman from third.
South Dakota State was able to score a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Hawkeyes closed the door on a comeback.
DePaul scored a run in the first inning after a single, a walk, and another single. The Blue Demons added another run in the third after a double and a single. A three-run fourth inning broke things open for DePaul, and an eight-run top of the fifth added the insurance they needed to end the game early.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH RENEE GILLISPIE
“We came out strong in the first game. Then faced a solid DePaul team and didn’t play our best. Hopefully we can bounce back tomorrow.
- The Hawkeyes move to 4-2 on the season.
- Carter was 3-for-5 with a walk on the day.
- Loecker moved to 2-0 on the season in the circle, while Vasquez fell to 2-1.
The Hawkeyes face UC Riverside and San Diego tomorrow at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (CT), respectively.