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Iowa State Ready for Shocker Softball Classic

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Release: 03/06/2014
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State softball team continues its season this weekend at the Shocker Softball Classic hosted by Wichita State.

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.

Cyclone Notes
  • 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).
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