Iowa State Heads to Louisville for Four Games
The Cyclones will start the tournament out on Friday at 1 p.m. CT with a game against Kent State. Saturday will feature a 5:30 p.m. showdown against Wisconsin. The Cyclones will conclude the tournament on Sunday with a morning doubleheader against No. 7 Michigan at 8 a.m. and versus Wisconsin immediately following. All games will be played at Louisville's Ulmer Stadium.
Live stats for all games will be available here. Iowa State Assistant Director for Athletics Communications Patrick Tarbox will host a live blog during all five of the Cyclones' games that can be accessed here.
- The Iowa State softball team will play in its final non-conference softball tournament of the season when it takes part in the Class Act Federal Credit Union Classic hosted by the University of Louisville.
- The Cyclones begin play Friday at 1 p.m. CT against Kent State. Saturday will feature at 5:30 p.m. meeting against Wisconsin. Iowa State will conclude the tournament with a Sunday doubleheader against No. 8 Michigan at 8 a.m. with a second game against Wisconsin following immediately afterwards.
- ISU took part in a weather-shortened Shocker Softball Classic at Wichita State last weekend, going 1-2 for the event. Iowa State started off with a 10-1 loss to San Diego State in five innings on Friday and then followed that up on Saturday with a 13-2 five-inning victory over North Dakota. ISU’s second game of Saturday, against Kansas City, was cancelled due to inclement weather. Iowa State took on hosts Wichita State in the final game of the tournament, with the Shockers coming out on top in a wild 18-16 game.
- Iowa State boasts one of the top offenses in the country, as ISU ranks No. 6 in the NCAA with its .346 batting average. The Cyclone offense has eight regular starters batting over .300, four of whom are hitting over .400. Brittany Gomez leads the way, hitting .440, which ranks second in the Big 12.
- Gomez is ranked 27th in the country with her 14 stolen bases. She now has 45 in her career, only three away from tying the school record of Adi Blackmon (2000-03).
- Aly Cappaert continues to be one of the most feared hitters in the Big 12, ranking among the conference’s top-10 in multiple offensive categories.
- Regardless of what happens in this weekend’s games, the 2014 Cyclones start to the season will rank among the 10-best in school history after 25 games. A 4-0 weekend would be the second-best start in school history (1979, 20-5). A 3-1 weekend would put this team with three others who started 18-7 (1978, 1985, 2008).
- It has not just been the hitting that has been strong for Iowa State, the Cyclones have been good in the circle, led by freshman Katie Johnson. Johnson ranks second in the NCAA with her 14 wins in 2014.