The University of Iowa softball team swept its doubleheader against No. 13 Missouri on Wednesday in Iowa City, Iowa. Missouri lost Game 1, 3-1, and Game 2, 13-9, bringing its overall record to 32-12.
Sophomore shortstop Sami Fagan led Missouri with three RBIs in Game 2, going 3-for-4 with a double. Freshman Kelli Schkade contributed with a two-RBI triple in Game 2, and senior left fielder Mackenzie Sykes added two RBIs during the two games.
Sykes' RBI single brought home sophomore Taylor Gadbois in the first inning to score Missouri's lone run of Game 1.
The Tigers' four errors in Game 1 turned out to be their downfall. The Hawkeyes scored three unearned runs in the second inning with an RBI double by sophomore Whitney Repole and a two-RBI single by senior Brianna Luna, bringing the score to 3-1.
Freshman pitcher Casey Stangel took the loss for Missouri in Game 1, pitching six innings with three strikeouts and five hits allowed.
The Tigers got on board in Game 2 through Fagan's RBI double in the first inning.
Iowa again answered in the second, though, with an RBI double by Repole, an RBI single by senior Michelle Zoeller and another RBI double by freshman first baseman Kaitlyn Mullarkey, giving the Hawkeyes a 3-1 lead.
Sykes' RBI double gave Missouri one more run in the third, but Iowa extended its lead with an RBI single by freshman Alyssa Navarro in the bottom of the frame to make the score 4-2.
A two-RBI single by Fagan in the fourth tied the game 4-4, followed by an RBI single from junior Angela Randazzo to give Missouri a 5-4 lead.
Schkade's triple in the fifth gave the Tigers two more runs. Iowa fought back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double by sophomore Erin Erickson, an RBI triple by Navarro and a two-run home run by Repole, bringing the score to 8-7 in Iowa's favor.
Iowa then added two more runs in the fifth inning with a fielder's choice and a walk with the bases loaded.
A sacrifice fly by Missouri sophomore Sarah Moore gave the Tigers a run in the sixth, but a three-run home run by Iowa's Mullarkey extended the Hawkeyes' lead to 13-8.
Missouri managed an unearned run in the seventh, but that would be it, and Iowa won Game 2 13-9.
Stangel again earned the loss for Missouri, pitching one 2-3 inning with one strikeout and five hits allowed.
The Tigers return home to host a series against Ole Miss on Friday and Saturday at University Field.