Game 2: Iowa vs. UC Davis
IOWA 6, UC DAVIS 3
FORT COLLINS, CO – Grace Banes had a home run and three RBI as Iowa moved past UC Davis on Thursday at the 2023 NISC.
Banes led off the bottom of the second for the Hawkeyes with a home run to start the scoring, and two errors on the same play brought in two more runs as Iowa (32-27) claimed a 3-0 lead.
Sarah Starks changed up the mood for UC Davis with a two-out, two run single in the top of the third inning as the Aggies pulled within 3-2. That gave her 92 career RBI, a program record during its time in Division I.
Banes continued her heroics with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth that brought in Denali Loecker and Tory Bennett as Iowa moved ahead, 5-2.
Mickey Buscemi, who entered the game with two hits in 17 at-bats on the season, punched a run-scoring single for UC Davis in the sixth to make it 5-3 as Libbie McMahan came across. Tristan Doster countered for Iowa with an RBI single that plated Brylee Klosterman as the score moved to 6-3.
Iowa will face Tarleton State or South Dakota State in the winner’s bracket Friday; the Aggies (29-21) play in the loser’s bracket on Friday.