Iowa City, Iowa – The University of Iowa softball team fell to Wisconsin in both games of its double header on Sunday. The Badgers took the first game on Sunday afternoon at Pearl Field, 9-3, and the second, 13-1, in six innings.
Senior Breanna Vasquez started in the circle for the first game, throwing all seven innings with six strikeouts.
Sophomore Brylee Klosterman drew two walks in the first game. Sophomore Denali Loecker and senior Riley Sheehy each tallied an RBI.
Sophomore Devyn Greer was first in the circle for Game 2 and finished her day with four strikeouts. Loecker came in to relieve Greer for two thirds of an inning in the top of the sixth.
Junior Nia Carter was 2-for-2 at the plate and Klosterman notched an RBI for Iowa.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Wisconsin scored four runs in the first inning and added five runs in the fourth.
Iowa scored two runs in the fourth after Klosterman walked, Carter singled, and Loecker singled scoring Klosterman. Carter would come in to score on a wild pitch.
The Hawkeyes added a run in the seventh after junior Kalena Burns walked, and freshman Haley Downe came in to run for her. Senior Riley Sheehy reached on an error and Downe scored.
Wisconsin scored two runs in the first and second innings.
Iowa scored a run in the third inning after sophomore Marissa Peek singled and advanced to second. Downe came in to run for her and scored when Klosterman singled up the middle.
A two-run fourth and a seven-run sixth inning pushed the Badgers lead even further, capping the game off in the sixth inning.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH RENEE GILLISPIE
“We have to get better. Wisconsin’s a tough team, but there should have never been a game like that. She threw a lot off-speed, a lot of change ups. We have to make in game offensive adjustments. We need to figure out how to come back stronger next weekend. We have a three-game series at Maryland, and we have to be able to come into practices and get better. A lot of what we’ve done is sit back and relax about where we’ve been, but we’ve got to continue to get better and get stronger.”
The Hawkeyes travel to College Park, Maryland for the next series, taking on the Terrapins April 1-3. The first contest is set for Friday, April 1st, at 5 p.m. (CT).