The Daily Iowan

Toole retools, Freie serves suspension, Blaser recovering well from surgery

RYAN YOUNG

April 9, 2009

Don’t let the 15-game hitting streak fool you — Iowa senior shortstop Justin Toole admits he’s been struggling at the plate recently. On Tuesday against Kansas, Toole saw his offensive tear end abruptly as the Hawkeye co-captain uncharacteristically went 0-for-4. But following a 1-for-5 performance,...

In tennis, ‘new kid’ shows off strokes, humbleness

AMIE KIEHN

April 9, 2009

They call him the “Fed.” Freshman Tom Mroziewicz was once affectionately called “Canada,” but since his April 5 dual match against Indiana, assistant men’s tennis coach Steve “Nasty” Nash has established the more suitable nickname for the Toronto native. “We call him the ‘Fed,’...

Banged-up GymHawks wonder what could’ve been

EVELYN LAU

April 9, 2009

The possibility of what chould have been still lingered as the Iowa women’s gymnastics team met in the Field House for the first time since hosting the NCAA North Central Regional. Losing seven gymnasts — including three seniors — to injuries, along with inconsistent performances throughout the...

Softball buries Iowa State

AMIE KIEHN

April 8, 2009

Iowa State can’t break Iowa junior Katie Brown. During Brown’s three years, the first baseman has dropped three game-winning hits against the Cyclones, including Tuesday’s 7-1 smash over the in-state rival. Brown’s pinch-hit, two-RBI double in 2007 pushed the Hawkeyes pass Iowa State, 2-1,...

Baseball’s late rally falls short, 5-4, against Kansas

RYAN YOUNG

April 8, 2009

Four errors, a couple bizarre plays, and countless offensive miscues were Iowa’s kiss of death Tuesday night against Kansas during a 5-4 loss. A sparse midweek crowd at Banks Field watched the Hawkeyes drop their third-consecutive game and fourth since April 1 after staging a rally in the ninth inning....

Softball hopes to bounce back

JON LINDER

April 7, 2009

The 2008-09 Cy-Hawk Series will come to a close today when the Iowa softball team takes on Iowa State this evening at Pearl Field. Iowa has already cemented a victory in the series by winning nine of the first 11 events, but the Hawkeyes can add two points to their current 19-4 lead with a win tonight. Both...

Baseball looks for offense

RYAN YOUNG

April 7, 2009

Whenever Iowa head coach Jack Dahm talks about baseball, he also tries to talk about Michael Jordan. So naturally, he couldn’t help but draw inspiration from the NBA’s newest Hall of Fame inductee following an inconsistent one-win road weekend against Purdue. “Michael Jordan, he missed more game-winning...

Reins shines for Hawks on vault

JORDAN GARRETSON

April 7, 2009

The Iowa men’s gymnastics team earned a score of 337.75, the team’s third-best score of the season, to finish in sixth place at the Big Ten championships on April 3 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Illinois and Michigan tied for first with scores of 357.10. They were followed by Ohio State at 349.90, Minnesota,...

Sports Briefs: 3 football players arrested, Clayborn hearing scheduled, Women’s golf tied for third

DI SPORTS STAFF

April 7, 2009

3 football players arrested Three members of the Iowa football team were arrested in downtown Iowa City early Monday morning and charged with public intoxication. All three players are listed as redshirt freshmen-to-be. Among those charged was offensive lineman James Ferentz, a son of Iowa head coa...

Hawks finish sixth in NCAA Regional

EVELYN LAU

April 6, 2009

In a matter of seconds, Jenifer Simbhudas’ gymnastics career — and the Iowa season — ended, but not in the way they had envisioned. As Iowa hosted the 2009 NCAA North Central Regional on Saturday, nothing seemed to go right for the sixth-seeded GymHawks. The top two seeds, No. 6 Florida (196.775)...

Softball drops two against Penn State despite record pitching

MIKE SLUSARK

April 6, 2009

Senior Brittany Weil pitched her way into the Iowa record books against Penn State Saturday afternoon with her 947th career strikeout, breaking the previous strikeout record set in 2005 by Lisa Birocci. However, it was a bittersweet afternoon for the pitcher, because the Hawkeyes were swept in the double-header...

Commentary: Puzzling losses for softball

JON LINDER

April 6, 2009

The April 4 softball double-header between Penn State and Iowa left me scratching my head. After shelling the Fighting Illini in Game Two to win 9-1 and move into a tie for second in the conference, a five-game win streak seemed almost certain for Iowa with the lowly Nittany Lions coming into Pearl...