Fisher Tosses No-Hitter, Cyclones Win Two
Fisher (1-1) is the second Cyclone pitcher to throw a no-hitter in her career, following Rachel Zabriskie who had three no-hitters in 2008. The Des Moines native walked three of her 18 batters faced and struck out one.
“I think Riley is definitely capable of having success here at Iowa State,” head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “She did a great job, the fourth [no-hitter] in school history. If she can build off that, she’s going to be great.”
In the day’s second contest, junior Sara Davison hit her first career grand slam and the second home run by a Cyclone this season. After the opening weekend of play, Davison is slugging .917 on .417 hitting, with three doubles, a grand slam and a team-high nine RBI.
Starting strong against North Dakota, Sarah Hawryluk led off the bottom of the first with a single, advancing to second on a throwing error by the UND third baseman. Erica Miller doubled to the left-center wall to drive Hawryluk home and put Iowa State up, 1-0.
Hawryluk singled to plate another Iowa State run in the second, advancing to second for the second-straight time on a North Dakota error. With runners on second and third and two outs, Miller walked and Lexi Slater stole home to put the Cyclones up by three going into the third inning.
It was Miller again in the bottom of the fourth, driving in her second run of the game on a one-out, bases-loaded single to left field. Hawryluk came home from third on a passed ball before Tori Torrescano drove in two more with a single to center. Jorden Spendlove put Iowa State in run-rule territory with a two-run single to center to make the score 8-0.
Michelle Frank (2-2) took the loss for North Dakota, throwing three and one-third innings, allowing eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits while walking three and striking out three.
The first batter facing Indiana State, Hawryluk sped around the bases for a lead-off triple, her second triple of the weekend, and came home on Brittany Gomez’s single to right center. A fielder’s choice from Spendlove brought in another run before the end of the first.
Spendlove singled to drive in another run in the bottom of the third, making the score 3-0, in favor of Iowa State. Davison smashed a grand slam over the left field wall in the next at-bat to clear the bases and give Iowa State the 7-0 lead.
Indiana State got on the board in the top of the fourth with a solo home run from Shelby Wilson to start the inning but the Sycamores would gain no more ground on Torrescano and the Cyclones in the frame.
An illegal pitch from Torrescano scored Indiana State’s final run of the game in the top of the fifth before Megan Stone flied out to left on the next pitch for the third out.
Torrescano (2-0) went the distance for the win, throwing six innings, giving up seven hits, two runs, four walks and striking out five.
Ashli Scott (2-1) gave up seven runs on six hits in two and two-thirds innings with two walks and a strikeout.
The Cyclones are on the road next weekend, traveling to San Antonio, Texas for the UTSA Classic, Feb. 15-16. Friday’s first game, against Boise State, begins at 11:30 a.m. CST.