No. 19 Ohio State Comes To Pearl Field This Weekend
April 29, 2010
IOWA CITY - On Deck
Admission to Pearl Field is $3 for adults. There is no charge for youth (high school age and younger) or UI students with a valid student ID.
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Saturday will be Iowa's annual "Strike Out Cancer" game and the first 250 fans will receive free pink Iowa Hawkeye bracelets.
Sunday is Iowa's "Softball Tailgate Day." Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., with inflatable games for kids before the game. Fans will also receive free frozen custard, courtesy of Culver's, after the game. Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Tom Brands will also throw out the first pitch.
Fans can also receive $1 off admission by bringing an item of clothing to donate do the clothing drive in conjunction with the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and the Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committete.
Scouting Ohio State
Six players are batting .300 or better, including Alicia Herron, who leads the team with a .432 average and 39 RBI. Sam Marder is next at .361 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI, along with a .861 slugging percentage and a .557 on base percentage.
Melanie Nichols is 18-2 with an impressive 1.81 ERA. She has a team-best 115 strikeouts to just 28 walks. Megan Miller is 10-3 with a 2.84 ERA and has 50 strikeouts.
Keim On a Tear
Keim had two hits in game two at Wisconsin and Penn State along with Iowa's home contest against Northern Iowa. She is batting .467 (7-15) with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored over the five game stretch.
Iowa swiped four bases in Saturday's game and took five Sunday. Senior Lindsey Digmann and freshmen Ashley Akers and Sam Valentine each went 2-for-2 while sophomore Katie Keim, freshman Johnnie Dowling and senior Katie Brown each stole one base.
Taking One For the Team
Watkins was hit by a pitch in four-straight plate appearances to start the weekend, upping her team-leading total to nine HBP's. Watkins went 1-for-1 on the weekend with a sacrifice fly.
Battle For the Team Lead
Senior Lindsey Digmann leads the team with a .352 batting average and 22 runs scored with sophomore Liz Watkins close behind at .343 with 20 runs scored. Digmann also leads the squad with 45 hits while junior Chelsey Carmody has 43.
Carmody has a team-best seven home runs, with Watkins and senior Katie Brown in the race with five. Brown has a team-high 27 RBI and Carmody is in second with 24.
Climbing the Career Ladder
Senior Amanda Zust ranks seventh in all-time strikeouts (782) and eighth in wins (54).
Getting Ground Balls
The Hawkeye infield has recorded a combined 143 putouts and 92 assists with 8 errors (.967). Iowa's outfield has only seen 27 chances, with 23 putouts and four assists (1.000).