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Iowa State Returns Home to Face Northern Illinois

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Release: 03/21/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State softball team returns home for the first time in six weeks when the Cyclones (16-10) host Northern Illinois (9-11) in a doubleheader Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The first game will start at noon with the second game following about half an hour after the conclusion of the first.

In the situation of bad weather on Sunday, Iowa State will keep fans informed across a variety of channels on the status of the games. Any delays, cancellations or moving of the site of the game will first be announced on the Iowa State Softball Facebook page and @CycloneSB Twitter account. After that, game information will then be posted to cyclones.com.

Live stats will be provided by cyclones.com here. The games will not be shown on the Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom or the Cyclones.TV web player on Sunday due to a strain on equipment and staff because of the multitude of Iowa State events going on. Cyclones.TV plans to broadcast the doubleheader Tuesday against South Dakota.

Iowa State Assistant Director for Athletics Communications Patrick Tarbox will host a live blog during the games that can be accessed here.

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  • Iowa State will play their first games of the season at the Cyclone Sports Complex Sunday when the Cyclones host Northern Illinois in a doubleheader starting at noon.
  • ISU returns home with a 16-10 overall record after suffering a 10-3 loss at No. 15 Nebraska on Wednesday evening.
  • Brittany Gomez will be looking to make school history Sunday as she looks to become the sole possessor of Iowa State’s stolen bases record. Gomez has 48 in her career, tying her with Adi Blackmon (2000-03).
  • Gomez has also been one of the Big 12’s top hitters at the plate, leading Iowa State and ranking fourth in the Big 12 with her .435 batting average. She is just under the threshold of reaching base in over half of her plate appearances, boasting a .495 on-base percentage. An infield single at Nebraska on Wednesday moved her up to 40 hits on the season.
  • Aly Cappaert is one of the top power hitters in the Big 12 this season, sitting tied for second in the league with her seven home runs and ranking sixth in slugging percentage at .696. She has also drawn a team-high 15 walks and has a team-high 55 total bases.
  • Lexi Slater came into 2014 with a career batting average of .248 in her first two seasons as a Cyclone. This year, the junior has become one of Iowa State’s biggest batting threats, hitting .400 with a .675 slugging percentage. She ranks second in the Big 12 with 10 doubles in 2014.
  • Sarah Hawryluk comes into Sunday’s game riding a seven-game hitting streak. The senior from Canada has already had an 11-game hit streak to her name this season. Hawryluk extended her hit streak on Wednesday at Nebraska via a fourth-inning RBI-single.
  • Kaite Johnson continues to be the ace of the ISU pitching staff, leading the Big 12 in wins (15), innings pitched (145.2), appaerances (25), starts (23) and complete games (15).
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