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ISU Breaks Records in Sweep of North Dakota

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Release: 04/15/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State softball team lit up the scoreboard at the Cyclone Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon, posting a combined 26 runs and 35 hits in a pair of victories over North Dakota. Iowa State defeated UND 10-7 in the first game and prevailed 16-7 in five innings in the second game.

The wins improved Iowa State to 20-21 on the season, while North Dakota fel to 4-28.

ISU's 16-7 win over North Dakota featured Iowa State tying its school record for hits in a game with 19 and breaking its record for doubles in a game with nine.

Game Two: Iowa State 16, North Dakota 7 (five innings)
A two-out Lexi Slater single got Iowa State its first base runner of the game. After moving over to second on a wild pitch, Slater did not stay on the bases for long as Aly Cappaert fired a double down the left-field line to put ISU ahead 1-0 early.

North Dakota struck back to take the lead in the top of the second as Stacy Roggentien, making the start for ISU in the circle, surrendered a 2-RBI triple to Nicole Babrowski to put UND ahead 2-1. ISU got right back to work with six runs in the second inning, via a 2-run home run from Jorden Spendlove, Megan McGuire scoring on a throwing error by the catcher and RBI-doubles from Sara Davison, Slater and Rachel Hartman to put ISU ahead 7-2.

UND came back again in the third as they got home runs from Kim Granata and Elizabeth Cudney to tie the game at 7-7. Paris Imholz came in to settle ISU down and only allowed two hits the rest of the game.

ISU moved back ahead and away from North Dakota with a nine-run fourth. It started with a solo homer from Sara Davison and then back-to-back RBI-doubles from Cappaert and Hartman. Liana Henry put up a 2-run home run and then Spendlove followed that up with her second home run of the game to put the score 13-7 in favor of the Cyclones. Cappaert capped the inning off with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and put ISU ahead 16-7.

Iowa State's 19 hits ties the single-game school record with its 19 against Notre Dame in March 1991. The Cyclones' nine doubles are a school record, shattering the previous record of six which was recorded three times, most recently against Iona in February 2013. Cappaert posted three doubles, marking the third time in school history a player has had three doubles in a game, with Daivson the last player to do it against South Dakota State in February 2013. Spendlove's two-homer game marked the 18th multi-home run game in school history.

Game One: Iowa State 10, North Dakota 7
North Dakota got ahead 1-0 before ISU stepped to the plate, but the Cyclones were quickly to work. Davison brought home Gomez in the first to tie the game on an RBI-double. The next at-bat, Slater struck out, but a dropped third strike and a dropped throw from home to first allowed Davison to hustle around and put the Cyclones ahead. 2-1.

Iowa State got back to work in the bottom of the third as ISU got runners on second and third with two outs. Spendlove brought both of them home with a 2-RBI double. Megan McGuire, starting in her first career game as a Cyclone, then had an RBI-single up the middle for her first career hit and RBI as Spendlove came hom eto make it 5-1 Cyclones. Iowa State added two in fourth as Davison led off with a double, Slater brought her home on a double of her own and then Slater was brought home on an RBI-single from Cappaert to put Iowa State ahead 7-1.

North Dakota got back in the game in the fifth as bases-loaded hits from Granata and Taylor Hansen made it 7-3 ISU. The Cyclones added a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-single by Davison to put the score at 8-3. UND made a bigger push in the top of the sixth as D Jantzer had a 3-run home run to center to reduce the Iowa State lead to 8-6.

The Cyclones picked up some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth as McGuire brought home her second run on a groundout and Henry doubled to left to put the Cyclones ahead 10-6. UND added a run in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk, but Imholz got the final three outs for her first win as a Cyclone.

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Iowa State is back at the Cyclone Sports Complex tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game against Omaha.
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