April 21, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State softball team hosted Iowa in a double-header on Saturday (April 21) and dropped both games to the Hawkeyes. The Spartans failed to get on the board in the first game as they were defeated 6-0 and despite posting one run in the first inning of the second matchup, fell 7-1. MSU is now 11-32 on the season and 0-14 in the Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes took the lead in the second inning of the first game with a homer to left field by Katie Keim and then went up 2-0 in the fifth when Ashley Akers stole home. Later in the fifth, Bradi Wall singled to right field, which was enough to bring the runner on second home. Iowa capped the scoring in the top of the seventh with two runs off a double to left center by Keim.
Senior Lori Padilla went 2-4 in the first matchup, tabbing half of MSU's hits with two singles. Sophomore Sarah Bowling got on base in both of her at bats with a single and a walk and junior Kylene Hopkins' single was the fourth hit for the Spartans.
Freshman Carly Nielsen was the starting pitcher for Michigan State and was in the circle for 4.1 innings. Nielsen struck out one batter but was given the loss as she allowed the first three earned runs. Junior Shelby Wise and senior Rebecca Rogers threw for a combined 2.2 innings and allowed three more earned runs.
Iowa got on the board first again in the second game of the double-header with one run in the first inning. There was a Hawkeye on second and third when Megan Blank singled to the shortstop for an RBI.
Michigan State also came out swinging as the Spartans made it a tie game with one run in the bottom of the first. Hopkins got the offense going with a double to left center and a Spartan was on first when O'Bryant was walked. Freshman Alyssa McBride grounded to the pitcher's circle, but a throwing error on the Iowa pitcher allowed her to reach first base and Hopkins to score.
Unfortunately the Spartans couldn't keep the momentum going as they ultimately fell to the Hawkeyes 7-1.
Hopkins led the offense for MSU with two hits in three at bats and one run. Freimuth also contributed offensively with two singles in three opportunities at the plate. Sophomore Cassee Layne was the starting Spartan and pitched her third complete game of the season.
Michigan State will try to prevent a sweep by Iowa when they host the final game of the series tomorrow (April 22). The matchup is slated to begin at 12 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.