Hawkeye softball opens season in Texas

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 10, 2012 7:20 AM

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The Iowa softball team will kick off its season in Waco, Texas, this weekend when it plays five games at the Getterman Classic on Baylor's campus.

The Hawkeyes will challenge Wichita State at 12:30 p.m. and No. 7 Baylor at 5:30 p.m. today. The team is scheduled to face Arkansas and Texas-Arlington, and it will wrap up the tournament against Belmont on Feb. 12.

The Hawkeyes are a combined 6-8 all-time against their Getterman opponents; they have collected three wins against Wichita State, one over Arkansas, and two against Texas-Arlington. Iowa has a 0-1 record against Baylor, but the Hawkeyes said they're pleased with the opportunity to face a top-10 opponent in their opening road trip.

Head coach Marla Looper welcomed nine new players to her squad — five freshmen and four transfers — and said the extra bodies will have a big effect on Iowa's depth this year.

She said some freshmen will get playing time in the infield, and others will likely get in the game in substitute positions, such as pinch-running and pinch-hitting. Iowa will likely see some of these "newbies," as she called them, on the field this weekend.

"We actually have a lineup we can play around with this year, instead of, 'Here's our starting nine, [and] I don't know who our 10 or 11 is,' " Looper said. "This year, we have a lot of depth … and we can play with this lineup a little bit because of that."

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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