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No. 24 Iowa thrwarts No. 21 Illinois title hopes

 
 

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Iowa City, Iowa - Illinois came into Sunday's doubleheader with Iowa tied for first in the Big Ten and in control of its own destiny to win a Big Ten title. Those hopes were dashed by Iowa, who swept Illinois 8-0 and 7-0 in Iowa City. Michigan claims the title with a split against Michigan State next weekend. If the Wolverines lose two, then Iowa would win it. The best Illinois can do is third.

Iowa scored two runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth of the first game.

Iowa took a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by Lisa Birocci in the bottom of the second inning. The Hawkeyes added two more runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Stacy May. Iowa had five hits off of Amanda Fortune.

Jackelyn Diekemper entered the game for Fortune in the Illinois line-up. She retired the first five batters she faced, including two by strikeouts.

Diekemper gave up back-to-back walks to Amanda Hentges and Kristin Johnson to lead off the fifth inning, however. Katie Boney sacrificed them to second and third, then with two outs Christina Schmaltz drove in both runs with a double to left field.Iowa added two more runs in the sixth to win by the eight-run rule.

Erin Jones and ,Erin Montgomery, and Jenna Hall had the three Illinois hits.

Iowa scored its first three runs in game two after two were out, plating one in the first, one in the third and another in the fourth. Christina Schmaltz singled home Katie Boney with two outs in the top of the first to give Iowa a 1-0 lead.

The Hawkeyes broke the game open in the fifth with four runs, which included back-to-back home runs from Lindsey and Jessica Bashor.

The Hawkeyes had another two-out rally in the third. Lindsey Bashor singled home Stephanie Park with two outs in the third. Pinch hitter Sarah Thomson delivered a two-out single plating pitcher Ali Arnold to make 3-0 after four.

Iowa also threatened in the third. Illinois' Lindsey Hamma threw out Jessica Bashor at the plate. Bashor led off the inning with a triple to center.

The Hawkeyes broke the game open in the fifth with four runs, which included back-to-back home runs from Lindsey and Jessica Bashor.

Illinois had six hits in the game and had two base runners on in the same inning four times. Janna Sartini was 2-for-3 for the Illini.

Illinois returns to action on Tuesday vs. Valparaiso, the last games at Eichelberger Field this year. Illinois finishes off the regular season at Northwestern for single games on Saturday and Sunday.

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