University of Iowa Athletics

#7 Lea Thompson

Height 5-1
Class Sr.
Hometown Indianapolis, Ind.
High School Scecina Memorial
Lea Thompson - Softball - University of Iowa Athletics

2020 as a senior (season cut short due to Coronavirus)

  • Did not see action in 2020.

2019 as a junior

  • Saw action in 36 games with 31 starts in the outfield
  • Tallied her first career home run against St. Joseph’s on Feb. 16
  • Registered an RBI against Morgan State on Feb. 23
  • Recorded a season-high two RBIs against Ball State on March 3
  • Drew a walk and stole a base against Purdue on March 23
  • Drew two walks and scored a run against Northwestern on March 30
  • Earned two RBIs against Wisconsin on April 7
  • Notched two hits and an RBI against Minnesota on April 28

2018 as a sophomore

  • Appeared in 32 games with 24 starts
  • Played second base and designated hitter
  • Four multi-hit games
  • Fourth on the team with 16 runs scored
  • 9-9 on stolen bases
  • Recorded two hits, scored a run, and stole a base as a pinch hitter against Wichita State on March 17
  • Tallied two hits and scored a run against Wichita State on March 18
  • Had two hits and a run scored against Wisconsin on April 7
  • Notched a hit and a run scored at Nebraska on April 10
  • Scored two runs and notched a hit at Illinois on April 22
  • Tallied a hit and a run scored in the Big Ten tournament against Ohio State on May 10

2017 as a freshman

  • Appeared in 39 games and started 36, primarily at shortstop
  • Named the 2016-17 NCAA Division I statistical champion for Sacrifice Hits Per Game with 0.41 sacrifice hits per game (16 sacrifice hits over 39 games)
  • Racked up 22 hits with two doubles and a team-high three triples for a .341 slugging percentage
  • Tied for a team-high 20 runs scored
  • Registered six RBIs and a .411 on-base percentage
  • Tallied five stolen bases
  • Had a triple and scored two runs in win over Northwestern on May 6
  • Had a triple and scored a run against Northwestern on May 7
  • Scored a run in win at Drake on May 2
  • Hit a game-winning two-RBI double at Ohio State on April 30
  • Was 2-for-3 in win over Ohio State on April 30
  • Had a hit against Rutgers on April 16
  • Was 1-for-3 with a run in victory against Nebraska (G2) on April 12
  • Was 1-for-2 with a career-high three runs scored in win over Nebraska (G1) on April 12
  • Had two hits, a run, and an RBI at Wisconsin on April 9
  • Went 2-for-4 with two runs at Wisconsin on April 8
  • Scored a run and had two sacrifice bunts at Purdue on April 2
  • Scored a run, had two sacrifice bunts, and recorded an RBI at Purdue on April 1
  • Was 2-for-3 with an RBI against South Dakota on March 20
  • Walked twice and scored a run against Creighton on March 19
  • Had one hit and one RBI against South Dakota State on March 18
  • Was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored against Valparaiso on March 17
  • Went 2-for-2 with first career triple at Missouri in game two on March 15
  • Was 1-for-1 at Missouri in game one on March 15
  • Was 1-for-2 with one run against Drake on March 12
  • Went 1-for-4 with a run against Fresno State on March 2
  • Recorded two sacrifice bunts against No. 20 Arizona State on March 4
  • Went 1-for-3 against Virginia Tech on Feb. 18
  • Scored a run at Georgia Tech on Feb. 18
  • Scored a career-high two runs at Georgia Tech on Feb. 19
  • Played against Texas A&M Corpus Christi as a pinch runner on Feb. 10

High School

  • Played for Scecina Memorial High School under Cory Gray
  • Was a three-time all-conference selection
  • Named third team all-state as a junior
  • Earned team’s Offensive Player of the Year award as sophomore and junior
  • Helped team to a state title in 2013
  • Guided team to three conference championships (2013-15), sectional championships (2013-15), and regional championships (2013-15)
  • Second in class with a 4.28 GPA
  • A member of the National Honors Society, Rho Kappa Kappa, Debate Club, and served as a student ambassador


  • Full name is Lea Rene Thompson
  • Born on Oct. 18, 1997
  • Parents are Paula and Michael
  • Has one brother
  • Uncle Josh Bowman played football at Hanover College
  • Aunt Kelley Bowman played volleyball at Ball State
  • Major is sports management