With team success always comes individual recognition.
And that’s what happened with Iowa senior Kayla Massey on Monday as the senior Hawkeye hurler was honored as the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Week after helping Iowa earn its second straight Big Ten series win.
It was Massey’s second weekly honor. She was most recently tabbed with the same award during April of her sophomore year.
Massey collected her fourth and fifth complete-game wins of the season – winning 4-1 in the opener and then 4-1 in the finale. She limited the Wisconsin Badgers to one run and struck out six in the first game and also was 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run to help her cause.
In game three, Massey matched a season-high with seven strikeouts and again held Wisconsin to just one run.
“Kayla came out and had two solid outings last weekend,” head coach Marla Looper said. “She worked hard and helped our team gain some victories by keeping Wisconsin off the board. It’s huge when you can get a good start in the circle and your pitcher can keep you in a ball game until you can put some runs up. Kayla did that, and she helped us offensively as well.”
Massey and the Hawkeyes return to action for their home opener against in-state foe Drake on Wednesday.