Iowa State Shuts Out Louisville, 2-0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Iowa State softball team picked up a big 2-0 win over Louisville at the Class Act Federal Credit Union Louisville Classic Friday night at Ulmer Stadium. The win improved the Cyclones to 16-7 on the season while Louisville fell to 14-8.
Early on, Iowa State was not having any problems getting runners on base. In the top of the second, Lexi Slater reached on an error by Louisville third baseman Kayla Soles. Rachel Hartman followed that up with a bloop single to left two put two on with just one out. After Jorden Spendlove advanced the runners, Sara Rice left them stranded with a grounder back to the circle.
Iowa State applied some more pressure in the third as a single from Brittany Gomez and a double by Sara Davison put runners on second and third with two outs. However, Aly Cappaert could not convert the chance as she grounded out to first to end the inning.
Not Missing A Chance
Finally in the top of the fourth, Iowa State cashed in some runners in scoring position. Slater led off with a walk and then Hartman followed it up with a SAC bunt try that resulted in an error and Slater going to third and Hartman to second with no outs.
After a Spendlove groundout, Iowa State’s RBI leader, Rice, stepped up to the plate and made the big play with a 2-RBI single to left-center to put Iowa State ahead 2-0. That improved Rice’s RBI total to 23, she came into 2014 with 16 career RBIs.
Rice With the Defense
The senior third baseman came up with some big defensive plays for Iowa State to prevent Louisville from starting something in the bottom of the fifth. Katie Keller got a good piece of a grounder to third, but Rice was sharp in her defense and was able to make the throw to first to get the first out of the inning. After a Whitney Arion single, Rice made the defensive play of the game by snagging Maryssa Becker’s grounder, firing to Sara Davison at second, who threw to first in time to get Becker and end the inning.
Player of the Game
Katie Johnson. After a rough outing in the afternoon against Kent State, Johnson was on her ‘A’-game against the Cardinals. Johnson went the distance, pitching all seven innings allowing six hits and walking four while striking out five. It was her third shutout of her young Iowa State career.
Iowa State returns to Ulmer Stadium tomorrow to take on Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.