Hawkeyes Set to Face Drake in Midweek Matchup

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa softball team heads to Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday at 5 p.m. (CT) for a midweek matchup with Drake.

Iowa brings a 25-15 overall record into the contest while the Bulldogs are 11-22 overall.

Drake is coming off a three-game conference series with Bradley where they swept the Braves. The Bulldogs face in-state rival UNI in a matchup on Tuesday before facing the Hawkeyes on Wednesday.

As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .245 and their pitching staff has a 4.46 ERA. They are led by MaKayla Rice, who is hitting .306, and Emma Dighton with 28 RBIs. In the circle, Mackenzie Hupke has thrown 84.0 innings with a 2.67 ERA.

The Hawkeyes are coming off of a three-game series sweep of Michigan State. They are coming into the match up riding a four-game win streak, all against conference opponents. Overall Iowa is hitting .295 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.33 and has held hitters to a .232 batting average against.

Iowa has six hitters hitting .300 or better, led by Nia Carter with a .468 batting average. Denali Loecker leads the team with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. Breanna Vasquez is leading the way in the circle with 13 wins and a 1.97 ERA.

Carter was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .667 with seven RBIs in their series at Michigan State.

Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and will be available on the Hawkeye Radio Network.