Iowa State Powers Past San Diego, 5-4
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Iowa State used a three-run fifth inning, capped off by a two-run Aly Cappaert home run, to earn a 5-4 win over San Diego Saturday morning at the SCU Softball Field. The win improved Iowa State to 10-1 on the season while San Diego fell to 2-5.
Story of the Game
Not for the first time this season, it was the opponents who got on the board first as San Diego manufactured a first inning run via an RBI single through the middle by Mary Grabowski.
The Cyclones showed that they were close to a breakthrough in the second inning when Lexi Slater and Jorden Spendlove both drew walks, but neither could be brought home.
The breakthrough came in the third as the Cyclones got the first three on via a Liana Henry walk, a bunt single by Brittany Gomez and a single for Sarah Hawryluk. Sara Davison tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center that was enough to bring Henry home. Two batters later, Rachel Hartman put Iowa State ahead with a single to left that scored Gomez and gave the Cyclones a 2-1 advantage.
Iowa State broke out with a big lead in the top of the fifth. Hawryluk got on base with a single and promptly recorded her fourth stolen base of the season. The steal helped her come around to score when Davison got a single to centerfield to make it 3-1. Aly Cappaert extended her school record hit streak to 18 games with a two-run home run that put the Cyclones ahead 5-1.
San Diego make it a game in the bottom of the sixth when Paris Imholz conceded a three-run home run to Toreros shortstop Kylie Ordos to make the iSU lead only 5-4. Katie Johnson, who started the game, came in and retired five of the next six batters she faced to preserve the victory.
Player of the Game
Katie Johnson. A nice game for the freshman, who like the Cyclones picked up her 10th win of the season. Johnson had a nice first five innings before being given a break with the Cyclones up 5-1 and with only two innings to go. With her teammate Imholz in trouble, Johnson came back out to the circle to finish the game for Iowa State and secure the win. Johnson pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, an earned run and two walks while striking out one.
The Cyclones will play later today against Sacramento State at the SCU Softball Field. First pitch will be at 5 p.m. CST, 3 p.m. out in Santa Clara