Iowa State No-Hits Jackson State, 16-0
BATON ROUGE, La. – A nine-run fourth inning and the first combined no-hitter in Iowa State history led the Cyclones to a five-inning 16-0 win over Jackson State Friday afternoon at Tiger Park during the Purple & Gold Challenge. The win improved Iowa State to 13-3 on the season.
No-No For Two
Starter Katie Johnson and Stacy Roggentien did not concede a hit in the five innings of play. It marked the 13th no-hitter in Iowa State softball history, the first since current volunteer assistant coach Tori Torrescano no-hit Elon last season, and the first no-hitter put together by more than one ISU pitcher. Of the 13 no-hitters in ISU history, eight have happened in games that only went five innings.
Johnson pitched the first three innings, walking just one. Roggentien, making just the second appearance of her young Iowa State career, finished the last two innings, allowing two walks and getting the only ISU strikeout of the game.
Jackson State has now been no-hit by two Big 12 teams this season, also not getting a hit against Kansas last weekend.
The Nine-Run Fourth Inning
Already up 5-0 after three innings, the Cyclones were aiming to add three more runs to get above the eight-run requirement to end the game after five innings. Iowa State went above and beyond the call of duty.
Jackson State relief pitcher Sybil Lozano struggled to find the strike zone, allowing Sara Rice to score on an illegal pitch to make it 6-0 Iowa State. Sarah Hawryluk then recorded a single to score Brittany Gomez to increase the score to 7-0 Cyclones. After a Sara Davison double that advanced Hawryluk to third, Hawryluk came home during Aly Cappaert’s at-bat on a wild pitch for an 8-0 score.
Cappaert walked and led to one of the oddest plays of the season. Lexi Slater hit a single to left-center field to score Davison, her fifth RBI of the game, Cappaert hustled to make it to third and beat the throw by JSU shortstop Lauren Aikens. However, the throw eluded the third baseman and Cappaert headed for home. The throw home to try and get Cappaert was late and lost, allowing enough time for Slater to come home and score on her own single. Due to the errors on the play, Slater was not credited with a home run, but pushed the ISU lead to 11-0.
Rachel Hartman and Jorden Spendlove then reached on a double and single, respectively, to get runners on second and third with only one out. During Sara Rice’s at-bat Hartman scored on another illegal pitch to up the score to 12-0 and the next pitch, Spendlove scored on a wild pitch to up the lead to 13-0. Rice got hit by a pitch, pinch hitter Megan McGuire walked on four pitches to put two on. JSU finally got the second out via Gomez, but Rice’s pinch runner, Sam Reyes, made it 14-0 by coming home on a passed ball. After a Hally Lenzine, pinch hitting for Hawryluk, walk, Davison flew out to end the nine-run inning.
Player of the Game
Lexi Slater. The best offensive game of the season by a Cyclone hitter, the junior shortstop made her intentions known with a first-inning three-run home run that just stayed fair to get the Cyclones on the board. Slater’s second at-bat, in the top of the third, got her fourth RBI of the game with a single down the middle to score Davison and move ISU ahead 5-0.
Then came her RBI single that she managed to score on. Though she was only credited with one RBI, she helped bring home three runs on the play to up the ISU lead to 11-0.
Slater then locked up her first-career four hit game with a single in the top of the fifth.
Slater’s final line read: 4-for-4, one home run (her third of the season), three runs and five RBIs. She finished the game with a career-high on hits and runs and was only one off her RBI career-high. Slater had six RBIs against Brown in 2012.
Iowa State returns to Tiger Park tomorrow for a doubleheader. The Cyclones start the day at 11:30 a.m. against Harvard and will follow that up with a 4:30 p.m. showdown against No. 21 LSU.
The game against LSU can be viewed by Cyclones.TV subscribers on the Cyclones.TV web player. The feed will be produced by the LSU Athletics Department.