IOWA CITY, Iowa — DoniRae Mayhew has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Iowa softball team, UI head coach Marla Looper announced Wednesday.
DoniRae Mayhew | 5’9 | Corner/Pitcher
Bettendorf High School
Played one season at Kirkwood Community College under Joe Yegge and former UI softball standout Megan Blank.
Played in 61 games and had 81 hits, 65 runs, 11 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 83 RBI, a .440 batting average, a .521 on-base percentage, and a .804 slugging percentage.
Registered 40 strikeouts in 38.1 innings, a 2.19 ERA, and a 5-0 record with the Kirkwood Eagles.
Earned first team all-region after helping lead Kirkwood to a 55-6 record, a second place conference finish and a national tournament berth.
Prior to Kirkwood, played five years at Bettendorf High school under Jay Hatch.
Had 47 RBI, eight home runs, a .438 batting average, threw 65 strikeouts, and had a 2.70 ERA as a freshman.
Had 17 home runs, 64 RBI, a .569 batting average, and threw 70 strikeouts as a sophomore.
Hit 10 home runs, had 35 RBI, recorded a .462 batting average, threw 126 strikeouts, and had a 2.65 ERA to earn Iowa Gatorade Softball Player of the Year as a junior.
Hit 12 home runs, had 55 RBI, registered a .522 batting average, threw 104 strikeouts, and had a 1.37 ERA as a senior.
Voted Best Offensive Player three times and named MVP as a junior by teammates.
Tied for third place with 47 career home runs on Iowa’s high school list.
Five-time all-state selection, four-time all-conference and all-metro honoree, three-time all-5E IGCA district selection, and named conference player of the year as a senior.
Played club for Iowa Premier in Des Moines in 2014 and 2015.
HEAR FROM COACH LOOPER
“We saw DoniRae when she was at Bettendorf High School. She had a good high school career and had a lot of power. At the time, she wasn’t quite the well-rounded player that she has become today. I think two years at the community college level allowed her to develop as an overall player. She has made a commitment since high school to become a better softball player. We talk about being more than one-dimensional, and I think she has worked hard to become a multi-dimensional player.
“DoniRae is an Iowa kid, and it’s always nice to have an Iowa kid become a Hawkeye. She’s proud to represent the state of Iowa. That was one big draw for her in coming here. The dream of becoming a Hawkeye is actually coming to fruition. She has the opportunity to represent her state, and we are really excited about that as well.”
“I chose Iowa because when I first left campus after my visit, I knew it was the place I wanted to go. It instantly felt like home to me, and I knew that if I went anywhere else, I wouldn’t be as happy as I would be at Iowa. I fell in love with the coaches, the girls, and how the student-athletes are treated. I knew it was a program I wanted to be part of. The academics for my major are outstanding at Iowa as well. Plus, it is close to home which is a key factor because I am a family person and I’m very close with my parents. Iowa was the school I felt like was the best fit for me.”