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Iowa Softball splits on Day One of Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom

Iowa Softball splits on Day One of Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The University of Iowa softball team opened the Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom falling to Villanova, 4-2, on Friday morning at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

“DoniRae gave us a good outing today, but there are still some things are working through to make ourselves more successful. Bogar had a good day at the plate, scoring a run for us, and Mallory (Kilian) did a great job with a single that scored two runs for us.”

The Hawkeyes and Wildcats battled early with no runs being scored through the first two innings. Junior DoniRae Mayhew got the nod in the circle. She finished with a season-high five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Villanova got on the board first in the bottom of the third innings, taking a 2-0 lead into the fourth.

After a scoreless fourth, senior Mallory Kilian responded with a two RBI single through the left side of the field in the top of the fifth. Thompson scored, who was pinch-running for sophomore Ashley Hamilton, and Bogar crossed the plate to tie the game.

Iowa’s lead didn’t last in the bottom half of the fifth as the Wildcats struck back with a leadoff home run. The Wildcats tacked on another run to stretch its lead to 4-2.

Iowa’s attempted comeback fell short as the Hawkeyes went down in order in the top of the seventh.

KISSIMEE, Fla. — Freshman Miranda Schulte had two RBIs, junior Allison Doocy threw her second complete game of the year, and the University of Iowa softball team (2-4) defeated the Kansas Jayhawks (1-6), 2-1, on Friday afternoon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Schulte earns her first two RBIs of her career, while Doocy earns her second win of the season. She has 31 strikeouts on the season.

“The girls were strong all game long. The defense was unbelievable, Halle (Ketcham) made a great catch in the outfield, Abby (Lien) behind the plate made some fantastic plays. (Ashley Hamilton) was all over the place at shortstop and Doocy played a great game on the mound with seven strikeouts. They are all coming together doing what they needed to do.”

“The defense was really backing me up, making the plays they needed to and we saw some progress in our at bats. We had a lot more quality at bats today.”

The Hawkeyes got on the board first with a single in the first inning by freshman Miranda Schulte to bring home freshman Halle Ketcham.

The Hawkeyes and Jayhawks remained scoreless until the sixth inning with Doocy not allowing a runner past second base.

In the sixth, Ketcham reached first on an infield single to the third baseman and stole second on a delayed steal to put herself in scoring position. Schulte brought home Ketcham again for her second RBI of the afternoon and gave Iowa much needed insurance heading into the final frame.

In the seventh, Kansas scored on a single to right field, but with runners on first and third, sophomore Ashley Hamilton recorded the final out, recording the force out at second.

The Hawkeyes return to action on Saturday against Missouri and St. Joseph’s. First pitch against Missouri is set for 12:30 p.m. (CT)

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