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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | APRIL 20, 2009 7:30 AM

Baseball loses game to weather

For the first time this season, rain kept the Iowa baseball team off the field, when the rubber match of a three-game series against Northwestern on Sunday was canceled because of the weather.

Before the cancellation, the Hawkeyes snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 10-1 victory over the Wildcats on April 18 to improve to 12-22 overall, 3-8 in the Big Ten.

In the victory, freshman designated hitter Nick Brown went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, while Iowa senior shortstop Justin Toole went 4-for-6 with two RBIs.

Junior outfielder Ryan Durant also produced offensively for the Hawkeyes in the win, going 2-for-4.

On the mound, freshman Jarred Hippen (2-2) picked up his second win of the season after allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings.

— by Ryan Young

Women’s tennis falls to Purdue

The Iowa women’s tennis team completed its Big Ten season with a 5-2 loss to Purdue on April 18 in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Hawkeye (7-14, 2-8) No. 3 doubles team of Lynne Poggensee-Wei and Ally Majercik won, 8-5, but that wasn’t enough to earn the doubles point.

Two players claimed wins in singles — freshman Sonja Molnar in the No. 1 match (6-2, 6-2) and sophomore Jessica Young at the No. 5 spot (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).

After a 2-0 start with victories over Minnesota and Michigan State, the Hawkeyes lost eight-straight meets to finish tied for ninth in the Big Ten. Three conference losses were by a point and two were by one point. Iowa heads to the Big Ten championships in Madison, Wis., as the No. 10 seed. The Hawkeyes will face the host Badgers at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with the winner facing No. 2 Michigan on Friday.

“It’s disappointing to go 2-8, especially when the potential was there to go 7-3,” head coach Daryl Greenan said. “Purdue is a solid team, and you have to give it credit. But it was another match within our reach that we didn’t get.”

— by Robbie Lehman

Men’s golf takes 3rd

The Iowa men’s golf team captured third place at the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., after compiling a final-round team score of 291. Iowa’s 54-hole team score of 864 (even) was nine strokes off first place, which was captured by Illinois at 855.

“We played pretty well this week,” head coach Mark Hankins said. “Comparatively with last week, it’s just really a continuation. We started playing well last week, and we just had a lot more confidence this week.”

Pacing the Hawkeyes was sophomore Vince India’s 54-hole score of 211 (5 under), which earned the Deerfield, Ill., native fourth place. India’s team-low second round score of 68 on April 18 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 13. Sophomore Brad Hopfinger carded a 54-hole score of 215 to finish in a tie for seventh. Senior Cole Peevler bounced back from the Kepler Invitational in which he finished in a tie for 48th by improving to a tie for 16th with a 218. Freshmen Chris Brant and Brad George carded 54-hole scores of 220 and 228, respectively.

Iowa will next compete at the Big Ten championships May 1-3 in State College, Pa.

— by Jordan Garretson

Women’s golf finishes 12th

The Iowa women’s golf team placed 12th with a team score of 962 (98 over) on Sunday at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. Host school No. 31 Ohio State took home the team title with a score of 895 in the 15-team event.

The first round on April 18 troubled the Hawkeyes at Scarlet Course, with the team carding a 327. The team recovered in the second round, having four golfers shoot in the 70s for a score of 310, but the third round proved to be a stumbling block — the team shot 325.

Senior duo Tyrette Metzendorf (238) and Becky Quinby (240) topped the charts again for Iowa, finishing tied for 44th and tied for 48th, respectively, as individuals. Quinby (85-76-79) improved after the first round and was the only golfer for Iowa to card in the 70s twice.

Freshman Chelsea Harris tied for 56th with a 242 (81-79-82), and sophomore Laura Cilek, who was the only golfer to card in the 70s for Iowa in round one, rounded out the Hawkeye scorecard tying for 65th after carding a 248.

Sophomore Brianna Coopman carded a 253, tying for 75th individually.

Iowa will compete in its final tournament of the spring season next weekend, when the team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Big Ten championships.

— by Peter Gustin

Men’s track has ‘solid weekend’

The Iowa men’s track and field team had stellar outings in a pair of competitions this past weekend.
Freshman Erik Sowinski qualified for regionals by winning the 400-meter dash with a collegiate best time of 47.04 at Arkansas’ John McDonnell Invitational. Junior Adam Hairston regionally qualified in the 800 meters with a season-best performance of 1:49.96, good for fourth place. Junior Ray Varner turned in another season best (second, 51.00) in the 400-meter hurdles.

At the Messermith Invitational in Cedar Falls, the Hawkeyes took the top three spots in the men’s discus toss with three regional qualifying performances from freshmen Nick Brayton (1st, 180-11), Ryan Lamparek (2nd, 177-3), and senior A.J. Curtis (3rd, 170-4). Brayton’s and Lamparek’s tosses rank sixth and ninth, respectively, all-time at Iowa. Freshman Matt Banse also hit the qualifying mark in the hammer throw, placing second with a collegiate best mark of 187-7, which ranks seventh in school history.

Two other Hawkeyes were crowned individual champions as junior Jay Renaud won the 1,500 meters in 4:01.54, and Lamparek added a win the shot put with a throw of 53-21⁄4. The men’s 1,600-meter relay team also claimed victory, clocking in at 3:21.72.

“Overall, we had a really solid weekend,” head coach Larry Wieczorek said. “It’s a big meet down at [Arkansas] — lots of good teams, lots of good people, and we were right in the thick of all the competition.”

— by Zach Smith


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