Sports Briefs


Baseball smothers W. Illinois

Improving to 13-22 overall this season, the Iowa baseball team trounced Western Illinois, 20-7, Tuesday evening at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.

The Hawkeyes seized a commanding 15-0 lead early in the game, racking up nine runs in the first, five in the second, and one in the fourth.

Freshman right-handed hurler Phil Schreiber notched his second win of the year after three nearly-flawless innings on the mound, tallying two strikeouts and two hits against him.

The Leathernecks attempted a comeback in the eighth, plating six runs — four unearned — on Hawkeye reliever Nick Erdman.

Iowa senior shortstop Justin Toole was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with five RBIs, three runs and a homer.

Three Hawkeyes went 2-for-4, including senior Wes Freie, who tallied three RBIs.

Iowa will face rival Northern Iowa today at Banks Field at 6 p.m.

— by Ryan Young

Softball comes back

Liz Watkins hit a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to help the Iowa softball team complete a 5-3 come-from-behind win at Northern Iowa on Tuesday.

The freshman from Taylor Ridge, Ill., delivered a shot over the right-field fence to drive in seniors Colleen McGlaughlin and Sam Heinzman, who had both singled earlier in the inning. Senior Erin Riemersma capped the scoring later in the inning with an RBI single, driving in pinch-runner Rachel West.

The Hawkeyes had fallen behind the Panthers early when Northern Iowa junior Megan Machovec scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first. McGlaughlin then hit a solo home run for Iowa in the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1, only to have the Hawkeyes fall behind again in the bottom of the third on a two-out, two-RBI double by the Panthers’ Rachel Gerking.

Late-game heroics are nothing new to Watkins. Her team-leading eight home runs this season include a walk-off home run against Illinois on April 1 at Pearl Field.

Iowa’s next two games will be this weekend at Indiana.

— by Jon Linder

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