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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MARCH 26, 2009 7:30 AM

Softball’s streak ends

The Iowa softball team’s nine-game winning streak ended Wednesday at the hands of Illinois State. The 2-1 loss was Iowa’s first since a 6-5 setback at Stetson March 14.

The No. 24 Hawkeyes (26-6) fell behind early when Illinois State sophomore Abby Olson sent a solo home run over the right field fence.

Iowa pulled even with the Redbirds at 1 in the top of the sixth on senior Colleen McGlaughlin’s RBI single, which drove in fellow senior Sam Heinzman.

Illinois State wasted little time regaining the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Niki Stansell doubled to lead off the inning and came home two batters later on senior Abby Smith’s one-out RBI single. Iowa was unable to mount a comeback in the seventh. Brittany Weil took the loss after relieving Amanda Zust in the fourth inning. Weil struck out seven batters and surrendered one earned run on two hits.

Wednesday’s game at Illinois State (14-14) was the last nonconference game before the Hawkeyes open Big Ten play this weekend at No. 15 Ohio State (23-5).

— by Jon Linder

Rowers cancel Macbride meet

Because of a negative weather forecast for the weekend, the Iowa rowing team has been forced to cancel its only home competition of the season.

The meet was scheduled for Saturday against Minnesota and Creighton on Lake Macbride.

The Saturday forecast calls for a high of 42 with a mixture of rain and snow — not exactly ideal rowing weather.

“When you take a look at the weather forecast, it’s easy to make the decision to cancel,” Iowa head coach Mandi Kowal said in a statement. “However, we are disappointed that both crews lost an opportunity to race. Let’s hope Mother Nature is on our side in the coming year. Until then, we move on and get ready for our next competition.”

Next week, the Hawkeyes will head out to San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, scheduled to take place April 4-5.

— by Jake Krzeczowski


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