Iowa State Drops Game to Kent State, 13-4
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Iowa State softball team dropped its first game of the Class Act Federal Credit Union Louisville Classic to Kent State 13-4 in six innings Friday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium. The loss dropped the Cyclones to 15-7 on the season, while the Golden Flashes improved to 11-7.
Story of the Game
The Cyclones dug themselves a hole early on as the radar for Iowa State starting pitcher Katie Johnson was not on target Friday afternoon as the Cyclones allowed their five first-inning runs on only three hits with two walks and two HBPs.
Johnson did not make it out of the first, being replaced by Paris Imholz. The Bowling Green transfer saw her first extended action as a Cyclone, pitching 5 2/3 innings.
The Golden Flashes slowly built up an 8-0 advantage headed to the bottom of the fourth inning. Aly Cappaert led off the inning with a single and Lexi Slater followed that up with a double. Both would end up scoring on wild pitches by Kent State starter Ronnie Ladines to get the game back to 8-2 in favor of KSU.
Kent State powered up its offense again in the top of the fifth to make it 11-2 and putting the pressure on Iowa State to continue the game. With two outs in the inning, Cappaert took care of one run with a big home run to dead centerfield to make the score 11-3. After a Slater walk, Rachel Hartman hit a double high off the wall in center to bring home Slater and keep the game alive at 11-4.
The pressure was on the Cyclones again in the bottom of the sixth after KSU score two in the top half of the inning. Iowa State got off to a good start with Liana Henry and Brittany Gomez each posting singles. The Golden Flashes defense helped finish off the game as Dani Ramos made a spectacular diving catch to dismiss Sarah Hawryluk and complete a double play to get Henry. Sara Davison hit a fly ball to center on the next at bat, but it was Ramos again who was able to make the play to track it down for the third out and to end the game.
Player of the Game
Aly Cappaert. The sophomore finished the game 2-for-3, which included her fifth-inning home run, her seventh of the season.
Iowa State plays again later tonight against Louisville at 6:30 PM ET/5:30 PM CT.