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Softball defeats Western Illinois

On April 18, the Iowa Hawkeyes beat the Western Illinois 8-0. They played at Pearl Field and defeated the Leathernecks in six innings. Senior, Amanda Zust, stood out this game as she used her exceptional defense to not let Western Illinois score. The Hawks started out great right from the beginning, they had 5 runs in just the first inning. Senior, Taylor Leichsenring, started them off when she hit an infield single. She was followed by a RBI (run batted in) double by Senior Katie Brown. After that, junior Jenny Schuelke took her base and was followed by a single by Chelsey Carmody leaving all the bases loaded for sophomore Katie Keim. Katie hit a single into the right field and allowed her two teammates to make it to home. Freshman Johnnie Dowling finished up the inning when she hit a two-RBI single up the middle creating the score to be 5-0.
The Hawks scored all their points for the game when Western Illinois had two mistakes in the third inning, allowing Iowa to add another point to their score. Iowa finished up the game early in the 6th inning when Johnnie Dowling hit a big shot to the left field and stayed fair as it left the park.
While the players all had a great game filled with many accomplishments, freshman Johnnie Dowling had a career-high four RBI.
This game helped to improve the Hawks overall record to 23-14.


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