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April 10, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (10-20 overall, 0-7 in Big Ten) lost a doubleheader to No. 25 Iowa (25-13-1 overall, 2-3 in Big Ten) 3-0 and 2-0.

%^$In the first contest, the Hawkeyes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. They added runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win the game 3-0. Iowa starting pitcher Kelly Zielstra (11-5) earned the win with a complete game four hit performance.

%^$For the Buckeyes, Toni Hileman (Jr., Alliance, Ohio) saw her record drop to 4-14 on the year. She went six innings and gave up three runs (two earned).

%^$In the second contest, Iowa’s Kristi Hanks (8-6) tossed her first career no-hitter. She recorded 10 strikeouts and walked two batters.

%^$The game did mark the return of Meaghan Robinson (Sr., Naples, Fla.) to the pitching circle for OSU. She missed the last nine games with a stress fracture in her right rib cage. Although she is not 100 percent healthy, she did manage four innings of one-hit, shutout softball.

%^$Hileman (4-15) entered the game in the fifth inning and gave up a pair of runs to earn the loss.

%^$The two schools will conclude the three-game series tomorrow at noon.