Iowa softball (20-31 overall, 6-16 Big Ten) hosted Purdue to end the regular season. It got off to a fast start in the first inning on Friday thanks to a Taylor Libby RBI-double. She was one of three Hawkeyes to record multiple hits (Angela Schmiederer and Mallory Kilian) but the offense couldn't produce any more runs. Allison Doocy pitched well enough to get the win, but the lack of run support resulted in her 13th loss of the year, 3-1. All the runs were earned over a complete game effort. Doocy did allow seven hits and four walks, but she struck out six batters as well.
The Hawkeyes recorded seven hits on Saturday, including a 3-for-3 day from Allie Wood and a 2-for-3 day from Kilian. However, no Hawkeyes crossed the plate in the 9-0 loss, which was shortened to five innings. Purdue jumped on Doocy early this time, scoring four runs in the first off of a two-RBI single and two-run home run. Doocy only lasted 0.2 innings, and Erin Riding didn't record an out in the first either. Lauren Shaw ended the stressful first inning, but Iowa's three errors in the fifth allowed five more Boilermakers to score, ruining a productive 4.2 innings from Shaw.
Iowa dropped its fourth straight game on Sunday and was shut out for the second straight game, 6-0. Wood, Kilian and Aralee Bogar were the only Hawkeyes to record a hit. Kenzie Ihle lasted 4.1 innings, but she gave up six earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Ashley Yoways and Shaw ended the game tossing 2.2 shutout innings. Purdue jumped on Iowa early and often again. They scored four runs in the second, and another in each of the third and fifth innings.
Despite Iowa finishing conference play as losers of 13 of their final 14 games, they still squeaked into the Big Ten Tournament as the 12th and final seed. They will take on No. 25 and fifth-seeded Ohio State (34-13, 14-8) on BTN on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will take on fourth-seeded Northwestern in the second round of the single-elimination tournament. The full bracket can be found here.
The Big Ten also announced their conference awards this week, naming Wood and Doocy to the All-Big Ten Second Team.
Wood led the team in batting average (.306), slugging percentage (.507), home runs (5), RBI (21) and doubles (8) this season. She also finished second in on-base percentage (.369), stolen bases (5), and her 41 hits ranked third on the team despite only playing in 44 games.
Doocy was Iowa's ace for a second straight season and led the team in basically every pitching category. Along with throwing 18 complete games, including four complete game shutouts, Doocy had the third-best ERA (1.83) in the conference among starters, while also finishing fourth in strikeouts (186). Through her first two seasons, she has struck out an incredible 305 batters over 328.2 innings, including 34 complete games. Assuming she continues her current pace, Doocy would finish her career sixth in strikeouts (fifth is 791), eighth in innings pitched (seventh is 727.1) and ninth in completes game (eighth is 72) in program history. It's safe to say that we're witnessing one of the greatest pitchers in Iowa softball history.
- Iowa women's tennis player Elise van Heuvelen was named to the All-Big Ten First Team. She becomes one of seven Hawkeyes to earn this honor multiple times, also adding to last year's Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.
- Iowa field hockey released its 2018 schedule. They open the season in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on August 25 against Wake Forest and on the 26th versus North Carolina as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Their home opener is scheduled for August 31 against Dartmouth.
- Iowa track & field travels to Bloomington, Indiana, from May 11-13 to compete at the Big Ten Championships. The Hawkeyes enter the meet with conference-bests in eight events, including the men's 4x400 relay, per HawkeyeSports.