Iowa softball tops two ranked opponents en route to a 4-0 mark at the Easton Invite

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 04, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa softball team finished a perfect 4-0 this past weekend at the Easton Invitational on the campus of Cal State-Fullerton. The Hawkeyes topped two ranked opponents on their way to a tournament sweep.

Iowa (14-5) began the tournament against No. 15 Stanford and No. 24 Oregon State on March 1. The Black and Gold slipped by the Cardinal, 7-6, with the help of a 6-run second inning. The Hawkeyes were then downed the Beavers shortly thereafter, 9-3.

Iowa kept the momentum going against host Cal State-Fullerton, topping the home team, 7-0. Junior Kayla Massey tossed a one-hitter against the Titans and struck out 4 to help the Hawkeyes to victory. Massey has tallied eight complete games in nine starts this season.

The Black and Gold finished their tournament run with a 5-3 win over Cal State-Bakersfield. That win has Iowa riding a five-game winning-streak dating back to Feb. 24, when it finished the ’Bama Bash Tournament with a 12-6 victory over Western Illinois in six innings.

“Overall, it was a really good weekend for us,” Iowa softball head coach Marla Looper said in a release. “I am proud of these girls; defeating two top-ranked opponents yesterday and Cal State Fullerton and Cal State-Bakersfield today. Cal State-Fullerton has been playing really well, so it was tough playing at their place knowing they have been hot. Bakersfield was scrappy and did not give up."

— by Cody Goodwin

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