CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — The University of Iowa softball team fell to Oregon State, 2-1, in the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Sophomore Devyn Greer started for the Hawkeyes in the circle. She went a solid four innings allowing one run on just four hits while striking out three.
The hits came at a premium for Iowa in this game. They finished the game with four hits and junior Grace Banes was responsible for two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beavers broke open the scoring early. They started the game with a double and a single to take a 1-0 lead. Offensively, Iowa was not able to get anything going early as they had just one baserunner through the first four innings.
In the top of the third, Oregon State had runners on first and second with one out. Freshman Avery Jackson got a grounder hit right to her as she stepped and third and threw it to first for the inning ending double play.
Junior Denali Loecker entered in relief of Greer to start the fifth inning. The Beavers loaded the bases with one out and a put-out at home prevented a run from coming across. Oregon State extended its advantage to 2-0 on a bases-loaded walk. In the home half of the fifth, Banes got Iowa’s first hit of the game but was left stranded.
Loecker was able to keep the Beavers off the bases to keep the score within reach for the Hawkeyes.
In the final frame, Iowa was putting a rally together as Jackson and Banes both reached base. Sophomore Tristin Doster came through with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. The Hawkeyes were able to load the bases with two outs but Oregon State closed it out.
RBI single for @TristinDoster gives the Hawks their first run of the game!
— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) February 26, 2023
Iowa finished the game with one run on four hits and no errors.
- Senior Nia Carter led the team hitting .588 over the weekend and reached base in all five games.
- Loecker led the team with six RBIs on the weekend.
- The Hawkeyes finished the weekend 2-3 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Iowa (8-6) returns to action on Friday as they travel to Conway, Arkansas, for the Adam Brown Memorial Shamrock Classic at the University of Central Arkansas. The Hawkeyes will face South Dakota and Alcorn State on day one at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (CT), respectively.