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Softball to play final home stand

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 30, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa softball team hopes to square off at home against Northern Iowa at home today, but that depends on Mother Nature.

The rain is trying to cool off the Hawkeye’s hot bats this week, with the Marla Looper’s offense leading the charge at Pearl Field in the Hawks’ final home stand.

Prior to Tuesday’s canceled game against Western Illinois, Iowa had hit 7 home runs in only four games since April 23. Powered by senior Brianna Luna and junior Megan Blank, the Hawks will see how many they can get in a full week. 

In the circle, senior Kayla Massey will appreciate the day of rest as she tries to dominate the Panthers for the second season in a row.

In last season’s matchup in Cedar Falls, Massey allowed only 1 run on 4 hits in a complete game, and she added a home run. Iowa won that game, 10-1.

The Hawkeyes will have their hands full, however.

The Panthers of the Conference are a formidable opponent, sporting a 25-18 record, and they have the returning Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Year in senior Jamie Fisher.

Weather permitting, the first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service forecast a 50 percent chance of rain for this evening.

— by Kyle Mann


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