No. 25 Baylor Defeats Cyclones
WACO, Texas - Sophomore Anna Cole went 2-for-2 at the plate, was hit by a pitch and drove in a run Sunday as No. 25 Baylor (33-19, 10-13 Big 12) defeated the Cyclones (14-36, 2-18 Big 12), 7-1.
The game was Cole's third of the season with multiple hits and her first such game in conference play.
As they did in the first two games of the weekend, the Cyclones reached base in the top of the first, with singles from Sara Davison and Erica Miller. However, Baylor hurler Courtney Repka coaxed a fly out from Tori Torrescano and a foul pop up from Dalyn Varela to send the teams into the bottom of the frame.
With runners at second and third in the bottom of the first, Baylor right fielder Kaitlyn Thumann singled to center field, sending the home team's first run home. Thumann finished the weekend 5-for-8 against Iowa State with four RBIs.
A sacrifice fly from Megan Turk and a single from Jordan Strickland extended the Baylor lead to 3-0 as the game entered the second inning.
Iowa State put runners on first and second again in the second after Sara Rice worked the first Cyclone walk of the weekend and Cole was hit by a pitch with one out, advancing Rice's pinch runner, Sarah Parkinson, to second. Amber Ewert scorched a line drive toward left but third baseman Turk snagged the ball and threw to second base, doubling off Parkinson who broke for third on the play.
Iowa State's first runner to reach third was Rice with one out in the top of the fourth. Rice walked before Jorden Smith doubled to the wall in right center field, chasing Repka and bringing Liz Paul into the circle in relief. Cole punished Paul's first pitch for an RBI single to left, scoring Iowa State's first run of the weekend and cutting Baylor's lead to 3-1.
Baylor struck again in the fourth with two RBI singles and capitalized on a Cyclone error to add four runs to its lead and send the game into the fifth, up 7-1.
Iowa State got its chance to cut into the Bears' lead after it loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth on a singles from Rice and Cole sandwiched around a walk to Smith. Paul didn't budge though, getting pinch hitter Kayla Hardiman to pop out to third for the second out and Lexi Slater to ground out to third, ending the rally.
Taylor Smith entered to pitch in the bottom of the sixth for Iowa State, ending Torrescano's (8-25) day after the junior allowed six earned runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout through five innings. Outside of Baylor's two big innings, Torrescano gave up a lone hit and walked no one.
Paul (11-7) was credited with the win after 3.2 innings of work, allowing no runs on three hits, one walk and no strike outs.
The Cyclones will close out the 2012 season at home next weekend against No. 3 Oklahoma, May 11-13. On Saturday, the team will celebrate Senior Day. Game one of the three game series is set for 4 p.m. CST on Friday.