No. 17 Baylor Powers Past Iowa State, 12-6
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State got the lead a couple of times over No. 17 Baylor Friday at the Cyclone Sports Complex, but the Lady Bears used the long ball to power past Iowa State 12-6. The win improved BU to 39-12 overall, 10-4 in the Big 12. ISU falls to 22-26-1 on the season, 2-11 in conference play.
Hartman Makes History to Put ISU Ahead
Starter Paris Imholz retired the side in the top of the inning to give the Cyclones a platform to work with and a chance to move ahead early. Lexi Slater posted a two-out double to left center, her 15th of the season and allowed Rachel Hartman to cash in with a bloop single down the right field line to make the score 1-0 ISU after one.
Hartman’s RBI-single, the first of three hits on the day, gave the freshman backstop her 29th RBI of the season, surpassing ISU’s previous record for RBIs in a freshman season of 28 set by Alex Johnson in 2007.
Baylor Bombs Away To Move Ahead
Clare Hosack took Imholz’s second pitch of the second inning over the leftfield wall to tie the game up at 1-1. The Lady Bears followed that up with a single from Sarah Smith and a Linsey Hays walk. Jordan Strickland took advantage of the moment and powered a 3-run home run towards the Cyclone Sports Complex scoreboard to give BU its first lead of the game at 4-1.
Strickland was again responsible for the runs that put Baylor ahead by another run in the top of the third as she cracked a double to left to bring home Hays and make it 5-1.
Iowa State Moves Back Ahead
Baylor pitcher Whitney Canion threw a no-hitter Wednesday night against McNeese State, but the Cyclone offense soon made that a distant memory as the Cyclones put up a big five-run third inning. Sarah Hawryluk took advantage of a moved-in outfield and got a hit over Liz Paul in left, allowing her to come all the way to third for her second triple of the season. Slater would bring that run home as her grounder to third was not handled by Holly Holl and made everyone safe at 5-2.
Slater, who advanced to second on the Holl error, was not on the basepaths for long as Rachel Hartman hit her 10th double off the season over Lindsey Cargill in center to bring home Slater and make it 5-3.
An Aly Cappaert walk and Jorden Spendlove getting hit by a pitch brought Sara Davison to the plate with the bases loaded. An enthralling battle between Canion and Davison took place with ISU’s all-time walks leader getting the upper hand as she drew a walk to bring home the run and make it 5-4 Lady Bears.
Two batters later, Liana Henry moved the Cyclones ahead with a two-out, 2-RBI single to center that put ISU ahead 6-5 after three.
Baylor Hits More Home Runs
In the end, though, the Cyclones could not keep the ball in the Cyclone Sports Complex. With Stacy Roggentien in the circle for ISU in the top of the fourth, BU got back-to-back singles from Kaitlyn Thumann and Ari Hawkins to set the stage for Holly Holl, who blasted one to dead center to put Baylor back ahead 8-6. Holl would add her second 3-run homer of the game in the top of the seventh off Katie Johnson to get the score to the final 12-6 mark.
Iowa State and No. 17 Baylor play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex.