Iowa Baseball Wins Series in Nebraska, Softball Keeps Winning

By Jeremy Karll on April 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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Some of the biggest news of the week came out yesterday when Iowa announced they will be a NCAA Championship site for three different sports. You can read more about that here.

Iowa Baseball (22-13, 5-4 B10)

Iowa baseball almost swept Nebraska on the road last weekend. Taking two of three on the road against a good team in Nebraska is nothing to complain about, though. You can read more about their series win here.

On Wednesday night, Iowa suffered their second straight loss. This time to Bradley. The Hawkeyes beat Bradley 12-1 at home earlier this season, but fell 6-4 on the road.

Drake Robison started and pitched well for Iowa. He lasted four innings, only giving up one earned run on four hits, while striking out three. It allowed Iowa to jump out to a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning. 

Mason McCoy and Tyler Cropley, who went 2-for-4, recorded the only RBIs of the game for the Hawkeyes. Robert Neustrom and Matt Hoeg, who scored on a balk in the fifth, both had two hits, as well. The Hawkeyes didn't get timely hits, though, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Once again, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Sammy Lizarraga pitched two shutout innings, but Grant Judkins and Nick Nelsen each allowed two earned runs in 1.1 combined innings. Judkins, who only recorded one out, allowed three hits, and Nelsen also allowed an unearned run after he committed a throwing error. Shane Ritter closed the game by recording the final two outs. 

The Hawkeyes host Rutgers this weekend and Milwaukee on Tuesday. Their game against Rutgers on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. will air on Big Ten Network.

Iowa Softball (15-24, 7-7 B10)

Iowa softball continued their upward trend last week by going 3-1, including a win over Iowa State at home. The Hawkeyes now lead 19-7 in the Cy-Hawk series this year.

The week started with a 2-0 win over Rutgers. Allison Doocy struck out 10 and only allowed one hit in a complete game shutout for the Hawkeyes. Allie Wood, who went 1-for-3, recorded the only RBI of the game. She also laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth, in which Iowa scored on one of Rutgers’ three errors. Kaitlyn Mullarkey went 3-for-3 with a run, and Cheyenne Pratt and Claire Fritsch each had two hits.

Despite trailing 4-0, the Hawkeyes extended their win streak to a season-long five games with a 5-4 win on Saturday. Shayla Starkenburg only allowed two earned runs in seven innings, but two Iowa errors led to two unearned runs for Rutgers. Fritsch went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, including a 2-RBI double, and Devin Cantu had a pinch hit 2-RBI single. Pratt collected three more hits in the win.

Iowa wasn’t able to complete the sweep, though, losing 2-0 on Sunday. Doocy pitched another great game, striking out six in seven innings, but two errors cost the Hawkeyes. Rutgers scored both of their unearned runs in the seventh off of a double by Taryn Atlee. Iowa’s offense only manufactured four hits in the loss.

For their mid-week game, the Hawkeyes scored the final two runs of the game to beat Iowa State, 2-1. In the bottom of the sixth, tied at one, Havyn Monteer wandered too far off third base. Iowa State forced her into a rundown, but Monteer somehow managed to beat the throw home for the go-ahead run. It gave Starkenburg, who only allowed one run on three hits in seven innings, her sixth win of the season.

After two great starts from Doocy, the Big Ten named her the conference’s Freshman of the Week. Doocy pitched 14 innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits, while striking out 16 batters. She is 8-10 on the year with a 3.48 ERA.

This week, the Hawkeyes will travel to No. 5 Minnesota and host Western Illinois on Wednesday.

Iowa Golf

Over the weekend, Iowa men’s golf placed second out of 14 teams at the Hawkeye Invitational by shooting five-under par. Texas Tech (855, -9) won the Invitational, Iowa placed second (859, -5) and No. 43 Kansas finished third (860, -4). Iowa started the weekend by tying for third with a 289-shot first round. The Hawkeyes finished the Invitational strong by shooting a 285 in the final two rounds.

For Iowa, senior Carson Schaake (211, -5) led the way by finishing fourth. Senior Raymond Knoll, sophomore Matthew Walker and freshman Jack Simpson all tied for 15th (217, +1).

The men’s golf team will compete in the Robert Kepler Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend. The women’s golf team is preparing for the Big Ten Championships in Cincinnati.

Iowa Gymnastics

Senior Angel Metcalf and freshman Clair Kaji took part in the NCAA Championships over the weekend. Kaji tied for 17th on beam with 9.8625 points, and Metcalf finished 12th in all-around with 39.125 points.

Metcalf’s best rotations came on beam and floor. She placed 13th on beam with 9.8750 points and tied for 13th on floor with a season-high 9.8750 points. She also scored 9.7250 points on vault and ended the night by tying for 16th on bars with 9.8375 points to conclude her collegiate career.

The No. 8 men’s gymnastics teams will compete in the NCAA National Collegitae Men’s Gymnastics Championships Qualifier in West Point, New York, this weekend.

Iowa Track & Field

It seems like every week the track and field team breaks school records, or gets close. This week was no different at the Mt. Sac Relays in California.

For a second straight week, junior Brittany Brown broke the 200-meter school record. She won the event with a time of 22.69 seconds, breaking her time of 22.73 seconds a week ago. Brown also beat two Olympians in Natasha Hastings and English Gardner, and her time is one of the 10 best in the world.

Sophomore Briana Guillory won 400-meters with a time of 52.89 seconds. It’s the fifth best time in school history and the 16th best time in the NCAA this year.

On the men’s side, junior Will Dougherty broke his own school record in the decathlon. He set a personal best in seven of the 10 events on his way to scoring 7,471 points, which is second in the Big Ten.

Senior Antwon James jumped 15.60 meters to win the triple jump.

Also, the 4x400 relay of freshman Collin Hofacker, sophomores Mar’yea Harris and Dejuan Frye, and freshman Emmanuel Ogwo placed third with a time of 3:05.81. Ogwo, who anchored for the first time, ran a career-best 45.1 second split.

The Hawkeyes will be home at 4 p.m. on Saturday for Musco Twilight.

Iowa Tennis

Iowa men’s tennis (12-13, 1-8 B10) struggled on their Indiana road trip. It started with a 5-2 loss to Purdue. No. 109 junior Josh Silverstein defeated Ricky Medinilla 6-3, 6-3, and senior Robin Haden defeated Renan Hanayama 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) for Iowa’s only singles win. Freshman Kareem Allaf played No. 95 Gergely Madarasz tough, but fell 6-4, 6-4.

The Hawkeyes continued their week with a 4-1 loss to Indiana. Raheel Manji upset Silverstein 6-2, 6-4 after he became the team’s No. 1 singles player. The only point Iowa earned came when Allaf defeated Matthew McCoy 6-3, 6-3. Junior Jake Jacoby and Haden nearly took down the No. 69 doubles team in the nation, Manji/Keivon Tabrizi, but ended up losing 7-6 (7-5). Senior Nils Hallestrand and sophomore Jonas Larsen were the only Iowa doubles team to win.

Iowa finished the week strong with a dominating 4-0 win over Butler. Allaf, Silverstein and freshman Jason Kerst all won in straight sets. Larsen also won, but it took him three sets. No doubles matches were played because Iowa clinced the match in singles play.

Iowa also added their fourth recruit of 2017 in Piotr Smietana. The three-time Polish National Champion (U-14, U-16 and U-18) is also ranked No. 275 in the ITF World Junior Ranking.

The Hawkeyes will finish the regular season by hosting Michigan, Michigan State and North Dakota this week.

Iowa women’s tennis (15-8, 4-6 B10) didn’t fare any better, as they lost both of their matches in Michigan. The week started with a 4-3 loss to No. 9 Michigan. Junior Zoe Douglas had a huge upset win over No. 24 Brienne Minor 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Senior Aimee Tarun led Valeria Pativk 6-7, 6-3, 2-1 before Pativk forfeited. Doubles teams of freshman Elise Van Heuvelen and sophomore Adorabol Huckley, and junior Montana Crawford and Tarun each won to help Iowa nearly pull the upset.

The week concluded with a 5-2 loss to Michigan State. Van Heuvelen beat Aslina Chua 6-3, 6-1 for Iowa’s only singles win against the Spartans. Sophomore Kristen Thoms and Douglas won their doubles match, while Crawford and Tarun won their second doubles match of the week.

The Hawkeyes host senior day on Saturday against Nebraska for the final match of the regular season.

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