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Iowa State Heads to Purple & Gold Challenge at LSU

Release: 02/26/2014
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AMES, Iowa - Off to one of its best starts in school history, the Iowa State softball team will look to continue the hot start this weekend at the Purple & Gold Challenge in Baton Rouge, La. hosted by LSU.

The 12-2 Cyclones will start the tournament at Tiger Park with a Friday doubleheader against Lamar at 9 a.m. and Jackson State at 2 p.m. Saturday action will begin against Harvard at 11:30 a.m. and No. 21 LSU at 4:30 p.m. Competition will conclude Sunday with a game against Lamar at 12:30 p.m.

Iowa State game on Saturday against the No. 21 Tigers can be seen on Cyclones.TV. Thanks to the LSU Athletics Department, LSU will be sharing its live stream of the game with Cyclones.TV, which will be available to subscribers. The game will not be shown on the Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom channel and will be the only ISU game of the weekend to have a live stream.

Live stats for all games will be available hereIowa State Assistant Director for Athletics Communications Patrick Tarbox will host a live blog during all five of the Cyclones' games that can be accessed here.

Cyclone Notes
  • Iowa State, 12-2 for the fifth time in school history through 14 games, will look to continue its strong start to the season at the Purple & Gold Challenge hosted by LSU this weekend.
  • The Cyclones will start the tournament Friday with a 9 a.m. game against Lamar followed by a 2 p.m. match-up with Jackson State. Tournament action continues Saturday against Harvard at 11:30 a.m. and hosts No. 21/22 LSU. Competition will conclude Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. showdown against Lamar.
  • Iowa State previously started a season 12-2 in 1975, 1985, 2008 and 2009. A 5-0 weekend for the Cyclones would mark the first time ISU started a season 17-2 since 1975. A 4-1 weekend would mark the second time ISU started a campaign 16-3, joining the 2008 squad in that category.
  • Iowa State went 4-1 at the Marriott Bronco Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. last weekend. The Cyclones swept a pair of games from hosts Santa Clara and San Diego while falling to Sacramento State.
  • Aly Cappaert continues to lead the Big 12 in batting average (.512), on-base percentage (.596) and slugging percentage (.976). She also ranks second in home runs (5) and is tied for fifth in RBIs (14).
  • Cappaert saw her school-record 18-game hitting streak come to an end in ISU’s loss to Sacramento State. The previous record was 15 games.
  • Sara Rice leads Iowa State with 15 RBIs. In the senior’s previous three seasons, she had a combined 16 RBIs.
  • Sarah Hawryluk is the latest Cyclone to get on a long hitting streak, riding an 11-game hit streak coming into this weekend’s games. Brittany Gomez had a 12-game hit streak this season end last weekend and Cappaert’s 18-game streak including seven from last season and 11 from this year.
  • Katie Johnson has pitched 89.1 of ISU’s 95.2 innings this season. The freshman has a 1.80 ERA, nine complete games, two shutouts and 74 strikeouts.
  • Last weekend, Johnson compiled a 1.01 ERA while going the distance in four of the five games.
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