Iowa State Ready for Shocker Softball Classic
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The Cyclones will start the tournament against San Diego State Friday at 3:30 p.m. ISU will then take part in a doubleheader on Saturday against North Dakota at 10:30 a.m. and Kansas City at 1 p.m. Iowa State will close out the tournament against the hosts, Wichita State, Sunday at 3 p.m.
Live stats will be available for all games here. There will be no live blog for this weekend's games, but it will return next weekend.
- The Iowa State softball team will look to continue its strong start to the season at the Shocker Softball Classic, hosted by Wichita State.
- The Cyclones start play on Friday at 3:30 p.m. against San Diego State, a team receiving votes in both the USA Softball and NFCA polls. Saturday features a doubleheader as ISU takes on North Dakota at 10:30 a.m. follwed immediately by Kansas City. Iowa State closes out the tournament Sunday against the hosts Wichita State.
- ISU took part in the Purple & Gold Challenge at LSU last weekend. The Cyclones started the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Lamar, but followed that up with a 16-0 five-inning win over Jackson State. The next day, Iowa State opened up with a 4-2 win over Harvard before falling to No. 21 LSU 1-0 that evening, conceading the game’s only run in the seventh inning. Iowa State and Lamar started a game on Sunday, but the game was not finished and did not make it five innings before ISU had to catch a flight, meaning it goes down as a “no game”.
- In the win over Jackson State, Iowa State pitchers Katie Johnson and Stacy Roggentien combined for a no-hitter. It was the 13th no-hitter thrown in Iowa State history, but the first combined no-hitter. Johnson pitched the first three innings and Roggentien closed out the final two.
- ISU’s middle infield duo of Sara Davison and Lexi Slater were named to the All-Tournament Team. Davison hit .429 for the tournament and stole two bases. Slater led ISU with a .462 batting average on the weekend, hit ISU’s only home run and led the team with six RBIs.
- Iowa State will have a chance to continue to maintain its standing among teams with the best starts in school history. A 4-0 weekend would make the 2014 Cyclones the fourth ISU squad to start the season 18-4 after 22 games. No Iowa State team has started a season 17-5 and the 1976 and 1985 Cyclone teams both started the season 16-6.
- The Cyclones rank second in the Big 12 in batting, hitting .339 on the season. Three Cyclones rank among the conference’s top-10 in batting average, led by Aly Cappaert’s .434 in fifth. Brittany Gomez ranks eighth at .406 and Lexi Slater is 10th at .400.
- Johnson leads Big 12 pitchers in complete games (12), wins (14), games started (16), appearances (18) and innings pitched (113.0).