Softball sweeps Ohio State in Columbus

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa softball team swept Ohio State over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, in its first two games of Big Ten action this season.

The Hawkeyes used a three-run fifth inning to win March 26’s game, 5-2.

Iowa received a stellar performance at the plate from junior catcher Liz Watkins, who went 4-for-4 with three RBIs on the game — accounting for half the team’s hits. Michelle Zoeller and Johnnie Dowling also drove in runs for Iowa, and sophomore Chelsea Lyon pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits.

Iowa then routed the Buckeyes on Sunday, outhitting Ohio State 12-4 in a 7-2 victory. Watkins added three more RBIs, giving her six for the weekend.

“Liz has done a great job this weekend,” head coach Marla Looper said in a release. “She is on fire right now, and we have to continue that streak. She’s made some great adjustments, and we have to continue that success.”

Zoeller had three RBIs of her own, and freshman Kayla Massey improved her record to 9-4 by allowing just four hits.

The pair of wins pushed Iowa’s record to 18-12 on the season.

— by Sam Louwagie

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