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Sports Briefs

BY DI SPORTS STAFF | MAY 04, 2009 7:28 AM

Baseball loses 3

The Iowa baseball team is still searching for a win after a crushing weekend against Minnesota at Seibert Field in Minneapolis.

Extending their losing streak to eight games after dropping three straight to the Golden Gophers, the Hawkeyes sank to the bottom of the Big Ten standings with a 3-14 record. Overall, Iowa stands 14-30.

The Hawkeyes fell to Minnesota, 4-3, on May 1 and lost, 26-9, on May 2 before being ousted, 12-3, on Sunday.

In Sunday’s loss, Iowa managed all three of its runs in the ninth inning. The Hawkeyes also tallied eight hits with freshman catcher Dallas Burke going 2-for-5 and sophomore center fielder Kurtis Muller going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Freshman Jarred Hippen started on the mound for Iowa, but was pulled after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings for his fourth loss of the season.

— by Ryan Young

Men’s track has some winners

The Iowa men’s track and field team competed at the Illinois Invitational in Champaign, Ill., on May 2. In the end, the Hawkeyes crowned nine event champions and saw five more regional- qualifying performances.

Junior Paul Chaney Jr. won both the 100- (10.51) and the 200-meter dash (21.14), hitting the regional qualifying time in each event. The two performances are new collegiate bests for the St. Louis native.

“I was really impressed with [Paul] this weekend,” head coach Larry Wieczorek said. “I think he has made the transition from spring [football] to [track season] very well.”

Fellow junior Ray Varner came out with yet another regionally qualifying showing, winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.29. Iowa’s 4x400-meter relay team also worked together to another regional qualifying mark finishing third with a time of 3:09.40.

Senior John Hickey won the shot put with an outdoor season-best regional qualifying toss of 60-13⁄4. Other event winners for the team included sophomore Brian Marchese in the 1,500 meters (3:52.19), sophomore James Paul in the 3,000 meters (8:34.81), and junior Zachary Schimp in the javelin (188-31⁄2).

— by Zach Smith

Women’s track shines

The Iowa women’s track and field team had a successful meet this weekend in Champaign, Ill., with several Hawkeyes performing well.

Sophomore standout Karessa Farley continued a stellar outdoor season by taking second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.44. The time regionally qualified Farley for the event and was also a collegiate best, which put her name second in the top times in Iowa history.

Senior thrower Mandy Chandler won the hammer throw with a personal best toss of 158-4-3⁄4. The throw is the fourth-best in school history.

Iowa took the top three spots in the 1,500-meter run with freshman Brooke Eilers, junior Hannah Roeder, and sophomore Amanda Hardesty taking the first, second and third places respectively.
The Hawkeyes will have a week off to prepare for the Big Ten championships, which will take place May 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

— by Jake Krzeczowski

Softball drops 2

The No. 25 Iowa softball team continued to struggle at the plate this past weekend, dropping a pair of games at No. 8 Michigan (38-9, 14-2). The Hawkeyes (38-14, 9-7) collected just six hits in the series and are now in the midst of a three-game losing streak after a three-hit performance against Drake doomed Iowa on April 29.

The Wolverines won, 2-1, on May 2 and used timely hitting and a pair of home runs to beat the Hawkeyes, 6-0, on May 3.

Sophomore Chelsey Carmody led Iowa at the plate for the series, hitting her first home run of the season and the second of her career on May 2. Carmody also collected a single on Sunday to end Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor’s no-hitter in the top of the sixth.

Brittany Weil took both losses against the Wolverines, throwing 91⁄3 innings and collecting eight strikeouts. The senior from Garden Grove, Calif., allowed six earned runs on eight hits. Junior Amanda Zust pitched 22⁄3 innings in relief on Sunday, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and striking out seven.

The Hawkeyes will return to action May 6 to host a double-header with Wisconsin at 5 p.m.

— by Jon Linder


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