March 2020

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14 In the final inning of the final game against Virginia Tech on Feb. 9, Ruther's fondness of pressure was on display. With Iowa on defense in the top of the eighth inning, Ruther accounted for the first two outs with an assist and putout. With one out in the bottom of the inning, she collected her third hit of the game that eventually plated Taylor Ryan for the winning run in a 4-3 decision. "In those situations, my head is out of it. I'm not thinking, I'm playing," Ruther said. "at's what makes it most fun — you're thinking about what you're supposed to do next, but you're not thinking about 'Is the ball going to come to me?' 'Can I make this play?' You're just thinking about the situation." Ruther isn't the vocal type, but when she is on a diamond she describes her mindset as intense. Her vision is team success. "My only goals are team goals," Ruther said. "We have a good team and we can win a lot of games this year. I support the coaches and what they are doing — they deserve to have a winning season to jump-start the program."

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