Iowa a nightmare for Huskie softball team

By Roger Moreano

Iowa is known to sports fans for its “Field of Dreams,” but for the NIU softball team, Iowa and the Hawkeyes proved to be one big nightmare.

NIU (16-18) had the Hawkeyes (14-14), bad weather and bad luck to contend with in their doubleheader Wednesday, and unfortunately for the Huskies, these overwhelming odds proved too much to handle.

NIU was swept in the twinbill by scores of 3-2 and 8-1 with game two being called in the sixth inning because of rain. In the end, NIU head coach Dee Abrahamson was just happy to get the games over with.

“It was dark and it was getting wet,” Abrahamson said. “We needed to just get out of there.

“We hoped to do better, and we played well in the first game, but in the second game we got tentative after Lori (Reimer) got hurt.”

Reimer was injured in the second inning of game two when a ground ball took a bad hop and hit her in the mouth. Reimer was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The Huskies suffered another blow in the third inning of game one when pitcher Tracey Meade was hit by a line-drive on the instep of her left foot. Meade stayed on to pitch a complete game, but was on crutches shortly after.

Mary Borem provided the highlights offensively by driving in all three of the Huskies’ runs on the day.

NIU returns home to lick its wounds and host Akron on Saturday at 2 p.m.