MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa softball team fell to Minnesota in game two of the weekend series (3-0) on a cold Saturday afternoon at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
Freshman Jalen Adams got the ball for the Hawkeyes. She threw six innings allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out one. Despite outhitting the Gophers, the Hawkeyes were held scoreless. Senior Nia Carter was the only Hawkeye to record multiple hits for the second game in a row, going 3-for-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Gophers struck early as a one-out triple came home to score on an Iowa error in the first inning. The Hawkeyes limited the damage as they got the final out of the inning at home plate. Iowa had three singles to load the bases in the top of the second, however the Gophers left them loaded to end the inning. Minnesota got its first two batters on base to start the home half of the second. They were able to get them both into scoring position with one out. Junior Grace Banes got an unassisted double play to end the Gopher threat.
Both teams’ bats were quiet through the next two innings as the pitchers were dueling. The Hawkeyes got one runner on as Carter had a two-out single in the fifth but that was it for the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Minnesota got its first two runners on base and extended its lead to three on an RBI single.
Iowa got back-to-back walks with one out in the seventh inning. Carter picked up her third hit to load the bases with two outs, but the Hawkeyes were unable to cash in.
- Carter extended her on-base streak to 13 games and her hit streak to 10.
- This was Carter’s 11th three-hit game of the season.
- This was Iowa’s fourth loss of the season when out-hitting its opponent.
Iowa (28-19, 8-8) returns to action on Sunday for the series finale against Minnesota (27-16, 8-6). First pitch at Cowles Stadium is scheduled for noon (CT). The game will be streamed at B1G+ (subscription required) and broadcast live on Hawkeye Radio Network.