No. 17 Baylor Knocks Off Iowa State on Senior Day
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State softball team fell in the series finale to No. 17 Baylor 8-3 Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The game on Sunday also marked Senior Day as the Cyclones honored their five departing seniors in one of their final games at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
The Lady Bears improve to 41-12 on the season, 12-4 in Big 12 play. ISU is now 22-28-1 on the season, 2-13 in conference competition.
Baylor Starts Fast, ISU Misses Chance to Respond
BU got to work in the top of the first inning as their first two batters, Kaitlyn Thumann and Ari Hawkins both drew walks and Holly Holl singled to load the bases with no outs. After getting the first out, Linsey Hays looked like she had a grand slam to left, but it ended up going off the wall and allowing a pair to score to make it 2-0 Lady Bears.
Baylor got the bases loaded again and Sarah Smith made it 3-0 with a single. However, Katie Johnson was able to get things back under control as she got Liz Paul to strike out looking and Justine Young to ground out to force Baylor to leave the bases loaded, three of the Lady Bears’ 14 they left on base.
Iowa State got into action with back-to-back infield singles from Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk in the bottom of the first. Lexi Slater then drew a walk so ISU had the bases loaded and no outs. Rachel Hartman hit a sacrifice fly to right that allowed Gomez to score and Hawryluk to move to third. However, Slater tried to move over from second and BU got her 9-to-5-to-4 at second. Aly Capapert left Hawryluk on third as she struck out to end the inning.
Home Runs Again for Baylor
The Lady Bears had seven home runs in the first two games of the series and it was the long ball again that helped move Baylor out of sight. ISU got off to a good start in the second as both Thumann and Hawkins flew out to Henry. On Hawkins’ at-bat, Liana Henry made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track to prevent extra bases.
However, Baylor saw Holl and Clare Hosack draw walks to bring Hays back up and after just missing a home run in her first at bat, she left very little doubt in her second at bat as she powered a 3-run home run over the wall in right to put Baylor ahead 6-1.
Paris Imholz entered for the Cyclones after the home run and settled things down with a few scoreless innings. In the top of the fifth, Sarah Crockett led off with a pinch-hit single and Thumann cashed it in with her seventh home run of the season over the wall in right to make it 8-1 Lady Bears.
Iowa State Takes Advantage of Baylor Errors
Liz Paul was in the circle for her third inning of work and she induced a pop up of Sara Rice to get things underway. However, third baseman Robin Landrith, who took over for Smith at third, dropped the pop up. With Rice looking to take an extra base, Jordan Strickland threw to second, but her throw was well wide and allowed Rice to advance on a pair of BU errors.
Another error saw Rice to score as Henry’s grounded to short, but Strickland’s throw to first was short of the bag and past Holl at first. Two batters later, Hawryluk brought home her fellow senior as she fired a triple down the line past third and into left to make it to the final score of 8-3.
Iowa State’s final home game of the season will be Tuesday as the Cyclones take on Drake at 4 p.m.