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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 15, 2009 7:30 AM

Baseball drops 8th straight

Sinking to 11-21 overall this season, the Iowa baseball team dropped its eighth-straight game Tuesday night, losing on the road to Nebraska, 8-5, at Hawks Field in Lincoln, Neb. The Hawkeye loss broke a nine-game losing skid for the Cornhuskers.

Not since 2005 have the Hawkeyes gone on an eight-game skid under sixth-year head coach Jack Dahm.

Despite plating four runs in the top of the fourth after surrendering five beforehand, Iowa’s offense faltered in the later innings. The Hawkeyes managed its fifth run in the top of the ninth.

Senior shortstop Justin Toole went 2-for-5 with a run and a strikeout, and senior catcher Kody McManis went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Junior outfielder Ryan Durant also continued his nine-game hit streak against the Cornhuskers.

On the mound, Iowa junior left-hander Michael Jacobs picked up his fifth loss of the season, allowing five runs on five hits in 21⁄3 innings. He also tallied three strikeouts and a pair of walks.

— by Ryan Young

Softball faces Northwestern

The Iowa softball team will return to action today when it visits Big Ten leader Northwestern for a 2 p.m. double-header.

For the first time this season, the Hawkeyes are nationally ranked in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 polls. Both polls have Iowa at No. 23.

The Hawkeyes are led by reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Brittany Weil. She pitched 202⁄3 scoreless innings last week, highlighted by her fourth no-hitter of the season on April 12.

No. 10 Northwestern (23-8, 9-1) is led on offense by seniors Tammy Williams and Erin Dyer. Williams leads the Wildcats in batting average (.480) and home runs (10) while playing nearly error-free at shortstop. Dyer leads Northwestern with 32 RBIs.

Northwestern’s Lauren Delaney has thrown all but 13 innings for the Wildcats this year, compiling a 22-7 record and a 1.95 ERA.

Both games will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

— by Jon Linder


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