Iowa softball swept by No. 10 Missouri in doubleheader

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 22, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa softball team dropped both games of a double-header to No. 10 Missouri on Wednesday in the last leg of a 25-game road trip.

The Hawkeyes failed to score a run in Columbia, Mo., losing 8-0 in the first game and 2-0 in the second.

Iowa was held to a single hit in the first game, which was called after five innings. Tiger starter Chelsea Thomas struck out 7, walked none, and retired the last 13 Hawkeyes she faced.

Kayla Massey (5-7) took the loss for Iowa after giving up 8 hits.

Chelsea Lyon (5-8) fared better in the nightcap, conceding a pair of runs on 7 hits, but the Hawkeyes weren't able to push runs across the plate against Missouri's Kristin Nottelmann. Iowa infielder Megan Blank had 2 of Iowa's 5 hits to extend her hitting streak to 10 games; she was responsible for the Hawkeyes' lone hit in the first game as well.

The losses drop Iowa to 10-15 on the season, and the Tigers pushed their record to 22-3. The Black and Gold have played eight nationally ranked opponents and are 1-10 against the top competition; the win came against No. 23 Oklahoma State on March 3 in Oklahoma City.

Iowa will play at home for the first time this season when Wisconsin comes to town over the weekend. The two squads will open Big Ten play with a double-header on Saturday and a third game on March 25. All three will be played at Pearl Field.

— by Ben Ross

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