Softball opens conference play at Ohio State

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa softball team will open conference play this weekend against Ohio State on Saturday and March 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Both games are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

The Hawkeyes are 16-12 and have won eight of their last 10 games. Iowa is led by seniors Chelsey Carmody, who leads the team with a .447 batting average and recently had a 25-game hitting streak snapped, and Stephanie Ochoa, who is hitting .443 and is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week.

Carmody and Ochoa are Iowa’s only two batters hitting above .300 this season.

The Buckeyes are last in the Big Ten at 7-18, one year after finishing second with a 39-14 overall record and an NCAA regional appearance. Alicia Herron leads the team with a .419 batting average, three home runs, and 18 RBIs. Ohio State’s pitching staff has an ERA of 5.74 and is allowing a .309 opponent’s batting average.

Ohio State won both games against Iowa last season, but both were close: an extra-inning 8-7 victory and a 4-3 victory to complete the sweep.

— by Sam Louwagie

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