Cyclones Win Tug-Of-War With Red Raiders
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (19-22, 4-6 Big 12) was the last team standing on Friday after the Cyclones and Texas Tech (27-21, 1-9 Big 12) combined for four lead changes as the Cyclones went on to win, 6-5, stretching their home win streak to five games.
Sophomore Lexi Slater drove in the final two runs, including the winning run, for Iowa State on a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Red Raiders took a 5-4 lead in the top half of the frame.
With stolen bases from Maddie Reese (2) and Sarah Hawryluk in the contest, Iowa State improves to 69 stolen bases this season, the second-most in Cyclone history and one shy of the program record.
Senior Tori Torrescano (10-9) recorded her 10th win of the season, working six-plus innings in the circle and allowing five runs, four earned, on eight Red Raider hits. Torrescano walked six and fanned five.
Taylor Smith (2) entered with two runners on in the seventh inning to close out the win for her second save of the season.
An error by the Red Raiders in the bottom of the first put Reese on base and set Erica Miller up for an RBI-single to right center for a 1-0 lead for the home team, but the lead would not last long as the Cyclones committed their own error in the next half inning, allowing the tying run to score.
After two quick outs in the top of the third, Tech third baseman Adriana Perez lifted a shot over the wall in right field for a 3-1 Red Raider lead. Perez was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI for Tech in the series opener.
The Cyclones would rally for a one-run lead in the fourth when, after back-to-back walks to Aly Cappaert and Hally Lenzine and an out from Slater, Brittany Gomez doubled to drive in Hawryluk, pinch running for Cappaert. Gomez and Madison Jones, running for Lenzine, also crossed home plate, scoring on an error by the Red Raiders.
Mikey Kenney and Shelby Johnson had back-to-back RBI hits for the visitors in the top of the sixth, putting Tech back on top, 5-4, but the Cyclones rallied once again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-single off the bat of Slater to pull ahead going into the final inning.
Texas Tech started the seventh with a double from Sandy James and a walk to Perez. Smith entered the circle to face Lexie Elkins who hit a grounder to Cyclone infielder Sara Davison. Davison tagged out the runner going to second and threw to Cappaert at first, completing the double play. The Red Raiders’ last hope, Samantha Camello, grounded out the Cappaert at first for the final out of the game.
Iowa State and Texas Tech will be back in action at noon CDT on Saturday at the Cyclone Sports Complex.