Iowa softball (19-18, 5-4) helped its Big Ten Tournament odds with a sweep of Wisconsin. Allison Doocy pitched a complete game shutout in the series-opening 3-0 win. She allowed just one hit and struck out 12 batters. Iowa's offense didn't produce a lot of hits, but it had enough timely hits. Angela Schmiederer and Cheyenne Pratt each had a RBI-single, and Taylor Libby added a RBI-double later in the game.
The Hawkeyes needed some late-game heroics in its 4-3 win later that day. Lauren Shaw pitched well, as she allowed just two earned runs over five hits and two walks in a complete game effort. However, Iowa trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. McKenzie Schneider hit a home run, Schmiederer hit an RBI-double and Devin Cantu drove in a run off her pinch hit-single. Thanks to Mallory Kilian's sac fly, Iowa didn't need extra winnings to walk-off against the Badgers.
The Hawkeyes scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning in game 2 to beat the Badgers twice at Bob Pearl Field pic.twitter.com/7rbQuJftSi— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) April 8, 2018
Iowa finished the sweep on Sunday, winning 5-3. Doocy threw another seven innings, as she allowed three earned runs and struck out six. Wisconsin had more success with nine hits and four walks, but it couldn't make up for three Iowa home runs. Allie Wood and Aralee Bogar each hit a home run in the third, and Schmiederer hit the eventual game-winning three-run home run in the sixth.
In the first game of a midweek doubleheader, Iowa outlasted Nebraska, 2-1. Doocy allowed just three hits over seven innings, while striking out five. Schneider hit a sac fly in the second, but Wood drove in the winning run on a sac fly in the sixth.
Check out the highlights from Iowa's 2-1 win at Nebraska! pic.twitter.com/FgaLh0ECxM— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) April 11, 2018
Iowa's bats were silenced in the second game, though, as the Huskers won, 3-0. Shaw pitched well, allowing one earned run in five innings, but none of Iowa's six hits crossed the plate. Lea Thompson and Bogar each had two hits.
Due to her two complete game performances against Wisconsin, Doocy was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week and College Sports Madness' Big Ten Player of the Week. She threw 14 innings, allowing three earned runs, 10 hits, eight walks and striking out 18 batters. On the season, Doocy has 153 strikeouts in 137 innings with a 1.33 ERA. She is third in the conference in both strikeouts and ERA this season.
Upcoming: Minnesota (THU-SAT), Western Illinois (TUE)
After receiving a bye to day two, Iowa men's gymnastics sent a couple of gymnasts to the finals on day three. However, it started the meet without any top-20 finishers on floor. Day two quickly got better, though, as Austin Hodges (14.250) and Elijah Parsells (13.600) placed fourth and ninth, respectively, on pommel horse. Bennet Huang (13.150) also notched a top-20 performance, as he came in 18th. Iowa had a pair of gymnasts tie for 20th in rings, as Jake Brodarzon and Mark Springett each scored 13.300.
The meet continued with Dylan Ellsworth (14.550) finishing 10th on vault, while Hodges (13.650) and Huang (13.500) placed 13th and 16th, respectively, on parallel bars. In the final event, Andrew Herrador (13.300) came in 17th and Parsells (13.400) finished 20th on high bar.
Hodges and Parsells advanced to day three on pommel horse, while Ellsworth qualified for the vault finals. Despite taking a step back from day two, Hodges still made the podium with a fifth-place finish, scoring 13.750. He was followed closely behind by Parsells (13.400) in seventh.
Ellsworth (13.625) barely missed the podium, but he still had a better finish, as he took eighth.
Iowa's season isn't over yet, as it made the NCAA Championships as the ninth-seeded team out of 12. The top-three teams will advance to the NCAA Championships finals, along with the top-three all-around finishers not on a qualifying team and the top-three at each event not already on a qualified team or in all-around.
Upcoming: NCAA Championships (APR 20-21)
Iowa women's gymnastics' season concluded last week at the NCAA Regionals, as it placed sixth with a score of 195.050. It didn't go down without a fight, though, as it scored a season-high 49.425 points on floor, which is seventh in school history. Melissa Zurawski, Lanie Snyder and Gina Leal (9.900) led the way in a three-way tie for seventh. Charlotte Sullivan (9.875) added Iowa's fourth top-15 finisher in the event, as she took 14th.
Vault was Iowa's weakest event of the night, as Lanie Snyder (9.825) in 16th was Iowa's only top-20 finisher. Zurawski and Sullivan (9.850) tied for 12th on bars in the following event. On beam, Iowa had three top-20 finishers, including Nicole Chow (9.850) in eighth. Sullivan (9.775) placed 15th and Misty-Jade Carlson (9.725) ended her season in 19th.
Track & Field
Iowa track & field took its talents to New Orleans for the Battle of the Bayou. A couple of school records fell thanks to Laulauga Tausaga. She broke both the shot put (16.31m) and discus (59.86m) records, adding to her already extensive list of achievements as a Hawkeye. Her discus throw is also the best mark in the Big Ten and fifth in the country, and she is third in the Big Ten in shot put. These throws earned her Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in her career.
A familiar name in Jahisha Thomas also dominated her event: long jump. She jumped 6.44 meters, which was 0.35 meters ahead of second-place, also giving her the second-best jump in school history and the country. Allison Wahrman (11.97m) placed third in triple jump and Aubrianna Lantrip (1.75m) finished second in high jump, as well.
On the track, Brittany Brown and Brianna Guillory dominated in sprints. Brown took third in 100-meters (11.44) and second in 200-meters (22.76), while Guillory's time of 52.55 seconds won her 400-meters with the sixth-best time in the country and fifth in school history. Brown also was part of Iowa's 4x100 relay team. Along with Thomas, Sheridan Champe and Kyara Avant, Iowa placed third in 45.80 seconds. Sommer Sharpe (1:00.45) placed fifth in 400-meter hurdles and Mallory King (2:09.09) had a strong showing in 800-meters with a second-place finish, too.
The men had similar success in sprints. O'Shea Wilson (10.65) and Antonio Woodard (10.74) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in 100-meters. Collin Hofacker (21.06, 4th), Woodard (21.07, 5th) and Mar'yea Harris (21.08, 6th) each had top-10 times in 200-meters. However, Harris' best event came in 400-meters when he won with a time of 45.71 seconds, placing him third in the nation. DeJuan Frye finished third in 46.98 seconds. Chris Douglas finished with a top-10 national time in 400-meter hurdles, too, winning the race in 50.90 seconds. He also placed fourth in 110-meter hurdles (14.08).
Tysen VanDraska (1:51.77) had Iowa's best middle distance finish, taking third in 800-meters. Just like the women, Iowa's best relay finish came in the 4x100. Anthony Williams, Wilson, Woodard and Harris (40.13) crossed the line in third-place. In field events, Reno Tuufuli had a strong day. He won discus (58.80m) before placing second in shotput (18.25).
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Last week, Iowa men's tennis (13-12, 2-5) faced one of its toughest road trips of the season. Although, it started with a 4-2 win over Dayton. No. 51 Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen defeated Zach Berry/Carsten Fisher 6-4, and Joe Tyler/Jake Jacoby defeated Steven Karl/Lorenzo Rollhauser 6-1 to secure the doubles point. While none of Iowa's top-three singles players won their match, Allaf, Larsen and Will Davies each won in straight sets.
Iowa didn't have as much luck against No. 3 Ohio State, losing 4-0. Five of Ohio State's six singles players were ranked, and it showed by the Buckeyes not dropping a set.
Iowa nearly bounced back at No. 48 Penn State, but the Nittany Lions barely pulled out the win, 4-3. In doubles play, Allaf/Larsen defeated Alp Sentay/Christos Antonopoulo 7-5 and No. 62 Piotr Smietana/Davies defeated Constant De La Basse/Gabriel Nemeth 7-6(5). However, Iowa's top-three singles players couldn't win their match again. Allaf and Davies each won their singles match, but Larsen, Iowa's No. 6 singles player, fell in three-sets.
Upcoming: #48 Indiana (FRI), Purdue (SUN)
Iowa women's tennis had their own road trip on the East coast, starting with a 4-0 loss to Maryland. No. 55 Elise van Heuvelen/Anastasia Reimchen were upset in doubles play, leading to Iowa not winning a set all match.
Iowa defeated Rutgers in its second match of the week, 4-2. van Heuvelen/Reimchen bounced back by defeating Kat Mozik/Mingxui Du 6-3, and Montana Crawford/Danielle Burich beat Chloe Lee/Isabelle de Silva 6-4. In singles play, van Hevuelen and Reimchen earned Iowa's only straight set win, as Zoe Douglas and Crawford each won in three sets.
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It was a competitive regatta in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last Saturday as No. 11 Iowa took on No. 6 Michigan and No. 18 Michigan State. In the morning session, Iowa raced against the Spartans, though with little success to start. Iowa lost the first three races of the morning before its II Varsity Four boat broke the trend and gave Iowa momentum. Iowa went on to win its final three races in the morning session, which included the I Varsity Four, I Varsity Eight and II Varsity Eight boats.
Michigan dominated the afternoon session, easily winning the first five races. The II Varsity Eight boat was in the closest race of the regatta. Iowa and Michigan were head-to-head the entire race, leading to a photo finish where, unfortunately, the Wolverines came on top by 0.3 seconds. However, Iowa didn't let Michigan sweep, as its I Varsity Eight boat ended the meet with a win.
As a result of it's 2-0 weekend, Iowa's I Varsity Eight boat was named the Big Ten's Boat of the Week. It beat both Michigan State and Michigan by double-digit seconds.
Upcoming: Princeton, Yale (SAT)