Sports Briefs


Football Hawks to play 3 under the lights

Iowa fans might want to get used to seeing the Hawkeyes under the lights.

The Big Ten announced its set of night games for the 2009 season, with Iowa making three evening appearances: against Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State.

The Hawkeyes’ game against the Nittany Lions will be on Sept. 26 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., and will have a 7 p.m. kickoff televised by either ABC or ESPN. Iowa upset a then-unbeaten Penn State squad last season at Kinnick Stadium, 24-23.

Iowa’s lone home game under the lights is Oct. 10 against Michigan. It marks only the fourth time the Hawkeyes have ever played a true night game at Kinnick Stadium, and it will also be the first ever Iowa Homecoming game to be played at night. Like the Penn State contest, this game against the Wolverines will have a 7 p.m. kickoff on either ABC or ESPN. Iowa hasn’t played Michigan since 2006.

Finally, the Hawkeyes’ second-straight trip to East Lansing, Mich., will have a 6 p.m. kickoff, with the game televised by the Big Ten Network. Michigan State defeated Iowa last season, 16-13.

— by Brendan Stiles

Softball swept by Northwestern

The No. 23 Iowa softball team fell just short in the first game, then was blown out in the second, losing both games of a double-header to No. 10 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Wednesday.

After falling behind 5-1 in the fifth inning of the first game, the Hawkeyes battled back in the top of the sixth with a two-RBI double by Chelsey Carmody and a two-run home run by Colleen McGlaughlin.

Neither team was able to score again until the bottom of the ninth inning, when Northwestern junior Emily Haug hit a pinch-hit RBI single to score Aly Euler from third for the Wildcat victory.

Northwestern responded to an early Hawkeye run in the second game with a six-run first inning, including a two-run home run by outfielder Kelly Dyer. The Wildcats added six more runs in the third and four in the fourth to take a 16-3 lead.

Iowa, in danger of being hit with the run-rule for the first time this season, rallied in the fifth but fell short, losing 16-5 in five innings.

With the two losses, the Hawkeyes fall to 5-5 in the Big Ten and 33-11 overall. The Iowa softball team was 3-2 on its five-game road trip, with a win against Western Illinois and two victories against Purdue.

Iowa returns to action at Pearl Field on Saturday at 2 p.m., against Michigan State.

— by Mike Slusark

Rowers ranked No. 18

The Iowa rowing team broke into the top 25 rankings this week, landing at 18th after a solid meet in Belleville, Mich., this past weekend against No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Michigan State, and No. 17 Louisville.

The Hawkeyes went from unranked to their current position after earning 113 votes in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll, which came out Wednesday.

Yale tops the list with 483 votes, followed by a slew of Big Ten representatives — No. 8 Ohio State, No. 16 Wisconsin, and No. 20 Minnesota.

The crew is taking a break from competition and preparing itself for the Big Ten championships, which take place in Columbus, Ohio, on May 2.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

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