Iowa State Drops Doubleheader to Texas
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State softball team dropped both of its games against Texas Friday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The Longhorns defeated the Cyclones 19-6 in five innings in the first game, and UT needed a seventh-inning home run to get past ISU in game two, 2-0. Iowa State is now 18-20 on the season, 1-7 in Big 12 play. Texas is 25-16, 5-1 in conference competition.
Game Two: Texas 2, Iowa State 0
With regular starter Katie Johnson not available on Friday, the Cyclones needed Paris Imholz to step up and carry the ISU effort in the circle. The junior transfer delivered on her ability that she showed in her two seasons at Bowling Green on Friday with what was by far the best performance of her Iowa State career.
After allowing nine runs to Texas in the first game, Imholz brought her ‘A’ game to the circle in game two. In four of the first six innings, Imholz faced only three batters. The only pressure situation came in the top of the third inning when Mandy Ogle and Devon Tunning led off the inning with back-to-back singles. A popped up bunt was the first out of the inning and Imholz got the second out of the inning on a comebacker to the circle from Brejae Washington, but it allowed the runners to both advance a base. ISU decided to walk Lindsey Stephens and take on Taylor Thom, who hit a fly ball to right-center to leave the bases loaded.
ISU had its chances to get on the board. In the bottom of the second, Aly Cappaert led off with a walk, and two batters later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jorden Spendlove then reached on an infield single, to put a pair on. However, Sara Rice and Sam Reyes both struck out to end the inning and leave the runners stranded.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sarah Hawryluk reached on a fielder’s choice and was brought over to third during Lexi Slater’s at bat via Hawryluk’s ninth stolen base of the season and a ground out that allowed Hawryluk to move over to third. That left it to Cappaert to cash in the runner, but she could only fly out to center.
Texas got a one out single from Holly Kern on a deep infield single to short. The next batter was Ogle and she hit a lined shot to center that cleared the wall by less than a foot, but gave the Longhorns the runs they needed to claim the victory.
Game One: Texas 19, Iowa State 6 (5 innings)
The Iowa State offense began to get going in the bottom of the second as Brittany Gomez brought home ISU’s first run of the game via an infield single that saw Sara Davison cross the plate. ISU added a second run in the bottom of the third as Spendlove laced an RBI-single to center that allowed Cappaert to score from second.
Down 14-2 heading to the bottom of fourth, the Iowa State offense showed signs of life as Liana Henry recorded her second multiple-base hit of the season with a double to lead off the inning and Hawryluk drew a walk. Slater brought both home with a double down the left field line that featured Hawryluk storming around the bases to score all the way from first to make the score 14-4 Longhorns.
After Cappaert advanced Slater over to third, Rachel Hartman got ISU on the board with a home run to left-center to reduce the Texas lead to 14-6. It was Hartman’s third home run of the season and first since Feb. 9. Though this was Hartman’s first home run at the Cyclone Sports Complex, she has hit all three of her homers this season in Ames, as her first two came at ISU’s tournament in the Bergstrom Football Complex to start the season. Hartman now has 20 RBIs on the season, becoming the fourth freshman in school history to record 20 RBIs.
The bottom of the fourth gave ISU hope to extend the game beyond the run rule, but Texas responded with a five-run fifth inning on the back of Lindsey Stephen’s second home run of the game, a 3-runer over the wall in left-center and off the scoreboard, to put UT ahead by the final margin of 19-6.
Iowa State will close out the series against Texas tomorrow at noon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.