Experience leads Iowa defense in 2016
Tryout begins at 3 p.m. (CT) on Sept. 1
Iowa set to play 3 games in Gainesville, Florida
Iowa set to play 5 contests in tournament hosted by Northern Iowa
100th career win, career standings highlight softball season
Wisconsin 3, Iowa 1 Sunday, April 17, 2016
Wisconsin 5, Iowa 4 Friday, April 15, 2016
Iowa 4, Northwestern 3 Sunday, April 6, 2014
Iowa Softball at Texas (Game 1) Red & Charline McCombs Field Austin, Texas Photos by Steve Moakley
2014 UI Softball 1st Practice Jan. 13, 2013 Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex Iowa City, Iowa Photos by: Jil Price
Baggetta guided the Iowa defense to a record-breaking defensive season in 2015. The Hawkeyes (19-40, 8/15) registered a school-record 35 double plays on the season -- a mark that led the Big Ten Conference and ranked fourth nationally. Iowa also finished in the top five in double plays per game (0.59). The Hawkeyes notched two double plays in a game eight times, including key wins over No. 4 Michigan and No. 12 Minnesota.
Megan Blank earned her fourth-straight first team All-Big Ten honor and was a first team NFCA All-Midwest Region selection after leading the Hawkeyes in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, and total bases. She was also named to the conference’s All-Defensive team.
The Hawkeyes excelled in the classroom in 2015. Three Hawkeyes -- juniors Haley Hansel and Whitney Repole and sophomore Kara Misel -- were named to the spring Academic All-Big Ten team, while Hansel and freshmen Sarah Kurtz and Cheyenne Pratt were recognized as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athletes. Hansel was also named a 2015 Big Ten distinguished scholar.
In her fourth season with the program, Baggetta and the rest of the staff earned their 100th career victory at Iowa with a regular-season finale, 3-2 win over Ohio State at Pearl Field in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes ended 2014 with a 16-30-1 overall record and a 9-14 Big Ten mark for eighth place in the conference standings.
Blank earned her third-straight first team All-Big Ten honor and was a second team NFCA All-Midwest Region selection after leading the Hawkeyes in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and walks. Kayla Massey earned her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week nod on March 31 after recording two complete game wins over Wisconsin. Three earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades including Haley Hansel, Whitney Repole and Michelle Zoeller.
Baggetta helped guide the Hawkeyes to 30 wins in 2013 (30-24) in her third year, marking the most wins for the program since finishing 42-16 in 2009. Iowa posted six wins over ranked opponents.
Three Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten honors -- Megan Blank was named to the first team, Johnnie Dowling earned second team honors, and Kayla Massey was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team at pitcher. Blank earned her second-straight first team accolade, becoming the sixth Hawkeye in program history to earn first team honors in each of her first two seasons.
Blank was also named a 2013 NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region selection, earning her second all-region honor in as many seasons. Blank became the sixth Hawkeye in program history to garner all-region honors in each of her first two seasons.
In the classroom, a school-record 10 Hawkeyes were named to the 2013 spring Academic All-Big Ten team.
During her second season with the Hawkeyes in 2012, Baggetta helped guide the team to a runner-up finish in the Big Ten Conference. Iowa dropped two of its first three conference series before winning five straight to close out the season. It was the first time the team had won five straight series since the 2004 season.
Iowa entered the final weekend with a conference title within reach, but it couldn't close the gap with Michigan despite taking 2-of-3 games at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes finished with a 27-26 overall and 16-8 conference record in 2012.
Five players garnered All-Big Ten recognition, including three first team selections. Senior Liz Watkins, sophomore Kayla Massey and freshman Megan Blank earned first team accolades, sophomore Michelle Zoeller was a second team honoree and junior Johnnie Dowling was a third team selection.
Blank also garnered NFCA second team all-region honors during her freshman campaign. She is the ninth Hawkeye to earn first team All-Big Ten and all-region honors during her freshman season.
The Hawkeyes finished second in the Big Ten in pitching (2.31 ERA) and third in fielding (.967). The squad turned 26 double plays during the course of the season to rank sixth nationally in double plays per game (.49).
Iowa posted a 27-24 overall and a 9-11 Big Ten record in Baggetta's first season in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten Conference play strong, jumping out to an 8-3 record. Among the victories was a 4-2 triumph at No. 1 Michigan. The win, which pushed the overall mark to 26-16, was Iowa's first over a No. 1 ranked opponent since the 2005 season and the first over a ranked foe since 2008.
A pair of Hawkeyes earned All-Big Ten recognition at the conclusion of the season. Liz Watkins was tabbed as a second team selection, while Katie Keim earned third team accolades.
Baggetta came to Iowa after serving on staff at the University of South Carolina for eight seasons (2002-2010). She began her time at South Carolina as a volunteer assistant from 2002-03 before assuming full assistant coach responsibilities in July of 2003. Baggetta was promoted to associate head coach at South Carolina in 2009 and held that position through 2010.
While at South Carolina, Baggetta helped lead the Gamecocks to five NCAA Regional appearances, including a Super Regional berth in 2007. She also coached two academic All-Americans and 42 SEC all-Academic team members.
In her eight years at South Carolina, Baggetta oversaw day-to-day operations of the softball program, including coordinating practice and competition schedules, workouts for the outfielders, catchers and hitters, strength and conditioning and film breakdown. She was also the recruiting coordinator and the camps/clinics coordinator. Baggetta developed South Carolina's Strike Out Cancer weekend in 2009, which raised over a total of $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Baggetta was a member of the South Carolina softball team from 1998-02 and helped lead the Gamecocks to an SEC conference tournament championship in 2000, four-straight NCAA Regional appearances and three SEC Eastern Division titles. The Gamecocks averaged 44 wins per year and were ranked in the Top 25 in each of her four seasons. She was named all-SEC in 2002 and was also chosen for the 2002 all-SEC tournament team. In 2002, she led South Carolina in batting average (.353), home runs (6), slugging percentage (.573) and on-base percentage (.446). She ranks in the career top 10 at South Carolina in home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, walks per game and hit by pitch.
Baggetta graduated from South Carolina in 2002 with a degree in sport and entertainment with a minor in business administration.