Hawkeyes Drop Indiana Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa softball team fell in the final game of a three-game series, 7-3, against Indiana Sunday afternoon at Bob Pearl Field.

Freshman Jaylee Ojo got the start for the Hawkeyes and gave up two early runs to the Hoosiers after five free passes. Junior Haley Downe entered in relief in the first inning and picked up two strikeouts to leave the bases loaded.

Iowa’s offense responded in the bottom of the first as Rylie Moss and Jena Young reached on back-to-back hits to open the inning. Sophomore Tory Bennett capitalized with a single up the middle to score both runs and tie the game at two.

Indiana answered back scoring in the top of the second on two straight singles to take the lead, 4-2. The Hoosiers extended their lead, 5-2, in the fourth on another RBI single.

The Hawkeyes were able to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth but left them stranded as the Hoosiers shut the door. Indiana pushed two more across on a two-run home run in the top of the fifth.

Iowa senior Grace Banes came around to score in the home half of the fifth on an Indiana error to make it 7-3. Sophomore Jalen Adams entered the game in the sixth and kept the Hoosier bats quiet in the final two innings.

The Hawkeyes finished with three runs on seven hits and no errors.


Iowa (16-21, 4-11) heads to Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday, April 23, for a midweek matchup against the Cornhuskers. Game one of the doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m. CT and both games will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.