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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | FEBRUARY 23, 2009 7:30 AM

Weil tosses another no-hitter

Iowa senior pitcher Brittany Weil threw her second career no-hitter Sunday, just a week after pitching her first.

Weil shut down host school Kennesaw State on the way to an 8-0 Hawkeye win at the K-Club Classic in Kennesaw, Ga. She is only the second pitcher in Iowa history to throw two no-hitters in a single season. The first was former all-American Debbie Bilbao in 1997.

The no-hitter came after Weil nearly threw a perfect game against Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 21. She surrendered a RedHawk hit with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the seventh which denied her perfection.

Weil’s weekend also brought her career strikeout total to 822, 124 behind current Iowa record holder Lisa Birocci, who played for the Hawkeyes from 2002-05.

Iowa went undefeated in five games in Georgia and now stands at 12-3 overall. The Hawkeyes will return to action on March 6, when they play in the Long Beach Tournament.

— by Mike Slusark

Men’s gymnastics falls to Sooners

The Iowa men’s gymnastics team lost to top-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 21 in Norman, Okla., 354.25-336.00. Iowa’s score was its top road performance of the season, better than its 325.90 season-opening effort at the Windy City Invitational, as well as its 321.55 at Michigan on Jan. 30.

Despite the loss, the Hawkeyes were not without solid performances. Two individual season records were set for Iowa, both by junior captain Jonathan Buese. He won the all-around competition, scoring 84.05, and his 14.50 in high bar was also a new mark for Iowa.

Other strong showing for the Hawkeyes included senior Geoff Reins’ 15.10 on floor and 15.95 on vault, earning third place in both events. Junior Reid Urbain’s 14.35 secured him a fifth place finish in rings. A 14.05 in pommel horse put sophomore Ben Ketelsen in fourth place for the event.

Iowa will return to action on Saturday against Illinois. The competition is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Champaign.

— by Jordan Garretson

GymHawks drop dual in Utah

The No. 23 Iowa women’s gymnastics team was unable to keep its two-meet winning streak alive, falling to Southern Utah on Feb. 20, 195.675-194.275.

In Cedar City, Utah, the GymHawks (8-4, 2-1) kicked off the meet on the uneven bars. Sophomore Arielle Sucich led the team with a 9.800, which earned her a tie for first. However, Iowa had some uncharacteristically low-scoring performances on the bars, causing the team to score a 47.850, while the Thunderbirds put up a school-record 49.275.

Iowa closed the gap after the second rotation — it scored a season-high 48.950 on the vault with senior Jenifer Simbhudas leading the way with a 9.875, good enough for a second-place tie. Southern Utah’s Lindsey Schultz won the event, setting a school record with a 9.950 vault.

On the floor exercise, Iowa sophomore Houry Gebeshian scored a 9.825, tying for fourth. The GymHawks wrapped up on the balance beam, where sophomore Rebecca Simbhudas put together a strong routine that earned her a 9.925, the highest score on any event by an Iowa gymnast since 2006.

Rebecca Simbhudas finished second in the all-around with a 39.250, followed by Gebeshian with a 39.200.

Iowa will return to action on Saturday evening, when it faces Maryland in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

— by Evelyn Lau

Baseball down and up in Florida

The Iowa baseball team went 1-2 at the inaugural Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Clearwater, Fla., this past weekend.

The Hawkeyes opened the three-day tournament with a pair of losses to Illinois (8-3) and St. John’s (18-3), before seizing their first win on Sunday against Georgetown, 4-2.

Iowa senior Wes Freie, converted to pitcher after starting at first base in 2008, tallied the Hawkeyes’ lone win on the mound, striking out seven batters in five innings while allowing one run. Freie also registered the team’s first home run of the season, a solo shot that tied the game against Georgetown at 1-1 in the fourth.

Senior closer Mike Schurz returned to action on Sunday after spending last season recovering from Tommy John surgery and picked up his first save by retiring three hitters to end the game in the ninth.

Senior shortstop Justin Toole went a combined 2-for-13 over the weekend trip, tallying his two hits against the Hoyas. Senior third baseman Kevin Hoef — a Boston Red Sox draft pick last year — batted 0-for-9.

— by Ryan Young


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