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Former Normal Community High School star Ali Arnold pitched a four-hitter as No. 19-ranked Iowa downed the Illinois State softball team, 10-2, in five innings Saturday in the Littlewood Classic at Tempe, Ariz.

Arnold (1-1) allowed two earned runs while striking out five. Shannon Nicholson (0-3) took the loss, walking five and striking out four.

Iowa (6-2) pounded out 10 hits and scored all of its runs with two outs in handing the Redbirds (1-4) their third straight loss.

The Hawkeyes took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first on four consecutive hits. Summer Downs drove in two runs with a single and scored on Erin Riemersma's home run. Riemersma added another two-run homer in the third.

Olympia graduate Tricia Gaither doubled to the wall in left field with one out in the fourth to start the Redbird offense. Randi Patton followed with a two-run home run to right field to it 8-2.

Illinois State was to face No. 22 Arizona State later Saturday night.

Swim team places third

The Illinois State women's swimming and diving team finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference Meet which concluded Saturday at Carbondale. The Redbirds ended with 765 points, trailing Missouri State (875) and Southern Illinois (824).

"Everything just didn't click this weekend liken;we wanted to," ISU coach Steve Paska said. "Everything wasn't fantastic and we weren't as consistent, but the team competed hard and we did a lot of outstanding things this weekend."

Tracy Deyell placed second in the 200 butterfly for ISU after achieving a personal best time in the prelims with a 2:07.21. Senior Katie Finan also had a personal best of 2:09.78.

ISU's Christine Steinbach placed sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle, while Emily Richardson took fifth in the 200 backstroke and teammate Casey McKittrick was seventh. Senior Brittany Armstrong finished sixth in the 200 breaststroke.

The diving team was led by Emily Hirt in fourth place. Katie Janonis, Jessica Bains and Erin Roche secured places six through eight.n;Roche earned a personal best of 210.05 on the three-meter board.

Men's golf falls to Illini

Senior Kris Wildenradt shot the low individual score of 69 for singles match play and junior Matt Miller won both of his matches, but in the match play format the Illinois State men's golf team fell short against Illinois 5-4 in the Tinervin Cup at Coral Creek Club in Placida, Fla..

It was the third consecutive year Illinois State and Illinois began their spring seasons against each other in Florida. The tournament has been named in honor of Jeff Tinervin, a supporter of both the Redbird and Illini golf programs.

The tournament started with singles match play, with Wildenradt and Miller the only two Redbirds to win matches as the Illini won 4-2. The afternoon featured a two player best-ball format with the Redbirds winning two of the three matches.

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