Softball falls to Iowa

Freshman infielder Maisie Steed getting a hit during the softball game vs. Iowa at the UK Softball Complex on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Kalyn Bradford | Staff

By Tyler Spanyer | @KyKernelSports

tspanyer@kykernel.com

After defeating in-state foe Western Kentucky on Tuesday night, No. 21 UK softball took to the field again Wednesday, this time against Big Ten opponent Iowa (19-8).

The Hawkeyes snagged runs in the first and second innings to gain a 2-0 advantage and never looked back, going on to defeat the Cats, 3-1.

UK (20-8) started freshman pitcher Katie Henderson, who last time out threw the ninth no-hitter in UK softball history.

Henderson was unable to match her feat Wednesday as Iowa scored two early runs on just three hits. This was Henderson’s first loss on the year dropping her to 2-1 this season.

Senior outfielder Alice O’Brien was the only Cat to record an RBI in the game.

O’Brien knocked a single to bring home freshman pinch-runner Darington Richardson in the bottom of the fourth.

UK head coach Rachel Lawson alluded to the Cats need to back up strong pitching performances with runs after her side bettered WKU Tuesday.

“It’s hard to win when you don’t get a lot of run production,” she said.

The Hawkeyes added insurance run in the seventh to make the final 3-1 score line. Junior pitcher Kayla Massey picked up the win for Iowa.

UK will next play host to SEC opponent Mississippi State for a weekend series. First game of the three-game set starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the UK Softball Complex.