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April 27, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - For the second time in two days, Penn State softball used one explosive inning to grab a victory over Iowa, this time a 6-5 decision. The Nittany Lions (14-30, 4-14 Big Ten) put up six runs in the third and held on to edge the Hawkeyes (25-23, 4-15 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon at Pearl Field in Iowa City, Iowa, for their third-consecutive win.
Penn State claimed the series opener, 6-3, Friday night. The teams meet in the final clash of the set at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
Freshman Macy Jones (12-14) (Ashburn, Va.) picked up her second win of the weekend in the circle after throwing the final 3.0 innings against the Hawkeyes, giving up just two hits while adding a strikeout to her season total. Junior Jordan Wheatley (Troy, Mich.) threw 3.1 solid frames in the start for the Lions, allowing just a pair of earned runs with one K while second-year hurler Marissa Diescher (Livingston Manor, N.Y.) bridged the gap with 0.2 innings pitched between Wheatley and Jones.
Iowa's Micaela Whitney (3-2) allowed four earned runs on six hits in the loss. Chelsea Lyon pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up just a pair of hits.
Penn State grabbed a 6-1 lead in a messy third inning that saw the squad string together five hits while taking advantage of three Hawkeye errors. After Wheatley helped herself out with a single to left center, her first of the season, Alyssa Renwick (Laurens, S.C.) came in to run for her at first. Shannon Hutchinson (Sewell, N.J.) beat out a bunt attempt dropped in front of the catcher but the throw ended up in foul territory past first base, allowing Renwick to speed all the way home from first while Hutchinson landed at the top of the diamond.
Bell ripped her second double of the series to right field to score Hutchinson before classmate Kailyn Johnson (Yorba Linda, Calif.) drew a walk and the two advanced a base on a wild pitch. Freshman Reina Furuya (Waipahu, Hawaii) grounded to second and the Hawkeye threw home for a play on Bell but the catcher could not squeeze the ball as the run counted. Junior Alyssa Sovereign (La Canada, Calif.) picked up her third RBI of the weekend with a single through the right side before Knief sent an identical hit through to load the bags. Junior Kasie Hatfield (Tampa, Fla.) walked to bring in Furuya and Sovereign scored on another play at the plate on a fielder's choice to cap off the scoring.
In the first, Iowa took a quick, 1-0 lead after Johnnie Dowling hustled home from third and slid under Wheatley's tag after a pitch got away from Hatfield and rolled to the right of the plate.
The Hawkeyes earned a pair of runs back in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-3 and brought the contest within one with two more in the fifth. Jones stranded Hawkeyes on first and third in the sixth before sitting down the side in the seventh to cap the victory.
Assistant coach Lisa Banse was one of 13 former Hawkeyes honored on the field before the game during Alumni Day activities. Banse was a two-time NFCA All-American and earned 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors while pitching at Iowa.