Penn State Continues Big Ten Play at Iowa
April 3, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
This weekend will be the 50th and 51st meeting between Penn State and Iowa. The Hawkeyes lead the series 37-12.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Lisa Akamine (Escondido, Calif.) has seen increased time in the circle, but her ERA of 5.29 is not reflective of her contribution to the team. Over the year she has struck out 87 batters in 96.2 innings of work, 21 of which went down looking. Her ability to move the ball has aided in her success of fanning 6.33 batters per seven innings.
Penn State has notable wins against then-No. 13 DePaul, 4-1, and then-No. 12 Arizona, 9-6. The win over the Blue Demons came at the NFCA Leadoff Classic as the Nittany Lions rallied in the sixth to plate four and never looked back. Jackie Hill (San Jose, Calif.) threw a one-hitter in the victory. More recently, the Lions upended the Wildcats of Arizona at the Judi Garman Classic with an explosive first inning as they drove in four runs with the help of a three run blast by Hovanec. Arizona threatened as the Wildcats brough the score to 4-5 in the fifth, but Penn State mimicked the success of the first inning in the sixth with four more runs as Giordano added a three-run shot of her own.
LAST TIME OUT
Game two went a little better, but not before the Wolverines put up five runs in the first innins. The Lions responded in their half of the frame scoring three run on three hits. With this effort, Penn State was right back in the game, but Michigan poured it on scoring six more runs before the game ended with a final score of 11-3.
LAST TIME AGAINST IOWA
Ashley Esparza pitched the first game going the full 7.0 innings while registering jut one strikeout and allowing four walks. She also led the team at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored with a line-drive solo homerun in the fifth. Sam Hovanec picked up the only other RBI as she singled down the left field line to score Desi Giordano.
Penn State last beat the Hawkeyes in a 1-0 victory at Iowa in the night cap of the 2006 series.