The Hawkeye softball team’s trip to Oklahoma that included the University of Oklahoma tournament and two extra games in the Sooner State ended with a 7-6 win over Tulsa today.
Iowa got the trip started with a win during the weekend tournament, beating East Carolina 5-1 in the first game. After that, however, wins would be few and far between. Its next game would be a 23-3 dismantling at the hands of the No. 6 Sooners in just five innings.
“They came out and they attacked,” head coach Marla Looper said in a release. “It’s nice to be able to do that when you are the visiting team. The frustrating part is that we didn’t score again until the fifth when we had opportunities to keep scoring.”
That loss would be the end of the first day of the tournament, but things did not get a whole lot better on Sunday, as they would lose to East Carolina 3-2 in extra innings and again to the Sooners by a score of 8-2. Iowa also got a game in on Monday against Oklahoma, where they were again run-ruled and finished the tournament with one win and on a four loss streak.
“We talked about bringing the energy and keeping it consistent because that’s one thing that we can control,” head coach Marla Looper said in a release. “I don’t think we did a good job of that until the very end when we had a sense of urgency. We should have that from the first pitch.”
The Hawkeyes would head to Stillwater the next day to face Oklahoma State, where they would fall in a hotly contested 6-5 game. Iowa then traveled to Tulsa for a date with the Golden Hurricanes, where they would end their road trip with a victory, bringing their season record to 9-20.
With the conclusion of the trip to Oklahoma, the softball team now will transition into Big Ten play, where they will open against conference newcomer Maryland in three games in Iowa City this weekend.