`Birds Fall to No. 19 Iowa
Feb. 18, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Iowa came out hitting again on the second day of the Littlewood Classic, downing Illinois State 10-2 in five innings. The Hawkeyes (6-2) pounded out 10 hits and scored all of their runs with two outs in handing the `Birds (1-4) their third straight loss of the season.
The No. 19 Hawkeyes took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first on four consecutive hits. Stacy May started the rally with a two-out single to right field. Kylie Murray added a double down the right field line, putting a pair of Hawkeyes in scoring position. Summer Downs plated both runs on a single to right field, and came around to score on Erin Riemersma's home run to left. Riemersma hurt the `Birds again in the third with a two-run homer to make it 6-0.
Jackie Williams had the first hit of the game for the Redbirds in her first at bat of the season, a bunt single off Hawkeye starter and Bloomington native Ali Arnold. Williams' bunt rolled right to where the second baseman typically plays, but Iowa's second baseman was covering first on the bunt allowing the `Birds their first base runner of the game. But the excitement was brief as Williams was then thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
Murray plated two more for the Hawkeyes on a two-run blast over the left field wall in the top of the fourth, giving Iowa an eight-run lead.
Tricia Gaither doubled to the wall in left field with one out to start the Redbird offense in the fourth. Randi Patton followed with a two-run bomb over the wall in right to cut into the Iowa lead and make it 8-2. Then with two outs Kelsey Warning tagged a ball to centerfield for a double, her first hit as a Redbird. Pinch runner Jessica Wapotish advanced to third on a wild pitch but ISU was unable to push her across as Arnold struck out the ensuing batter.
In the top of the fifth, Iowa added a pair of runs on a two RBI double to right center by Emily Nichols to push the lead back up to eight runs for the final margin.
Arnold (1-1) recorded the win for the Hawkeyes, surrendering just four hits and a pair of earned runs while striking out five. Nicholson (0-3) took the loss, walking five and striking out four.
Illinois State faces No. 22 Arizona State this evening at 7 p.m. CST.