KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The University of Iowa softball team split a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawkeyes were defeated, 4-3, by Southeastern Missouri before defeating Missouri-Kansas City, 4-0.
Junior Nia Carter went 3-for-4 at the plate. Freshman Tristin Doster had an RBI on a solo home run and sophomore Grace Banes tallied two RBIs.
Senior Breanna Vasquez threw six innings and took the loss allowing four earned runs in Game 1.
Freshman Devyn Greer allowed only two hits as she recorded her first career win in the second game, throwing seven shutout innings.
Carter was 2-for-4 at the plate and Doster hit a three-run home run. Sophomore Brylee Klosterman also added an RBI for the Hawkeyes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SEMO scored the first run of the game on a solo homerun in the first inning. The Hawkeyes answered back with two runs in their half. Klosterman drew a walk, Carter beat out a bunt single, Loecker singled to load the bases and Banes reached on a fielder’s choice that scored two runs.
The Redhawks tied the game in the third after a hit by pitch and a double.
Doster answered with a solo home run to left field to help Iowa regain the lead in the bottom half.
SEMO rallied in the top of the seventh to score two runs and held on for the win
Iowa got all the offense it needed behind Greer in the first two innings of the second game. In the first inning Carter singled, Loecker was hit by a pitch, and Doster brought them home with a three-run bomb to left field.
In the second inning Iowa added a run after sophomore Marissa Peek singled and Haley Downe came in to run for her. Downe stole second and came home after a Klosterman double.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH RENEE GILLISPIE
“Bump in the road in the first game. Glad we were able to bounce back for the second game. Had some good defensive plays. Nia had a day, was big in both games for us. We are really excited to see what she is doing for us. Tristin had her home runs. I am excited for Greer having her first win of the season and going seven innings. She had a great game with no walks, I am proud of where she is going and how she is improving every day. Grace had a great game in the first game, but we just couldn’t get that clutch hit to lock it down.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Oklahoma City for the Hall of Fame Classic on March 18-20.