The 11th-seeded University of Iowa softball team fell, 3-0, to No. 6 Wisconsin on Thursday night in round one of the 2017 Big Ten Conference Tournament at the Wilpon Complex.
“It came down to the little things,” said UI head coach Marla Looper. “It wasn’t a massive hit fest tonight, it was little hits and balls that went through the gaps. That was the difference. We didn’t adjust soon enough offensively to give ourselves a chance. We had runners on base early but didn’t produce any runs. Ultimately, I’m proud of this group of young ladies and what they have done all year.
“The team has talked about having courage and passion and being genuine, and that’s exactly what they did this season. I’m so proud of these young ladies who showed grit when people counted them out. It doesn’t matter what the outside world says, it matters what we do, and how we control our attitude and effort. They brought their best every day, and that’s why we made it to the tournament.”
Cheyenne Pratt went 2-for-3, while Claire Fritsch was 1-for-3. Shayla Starkenburg suffered the loss, throwing four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of play. [Read more…]