No. 16 Sooners Take Second Game Off ISU, 14-2
AMES, Iowa – The second game of the three-game series between Iowa State and No. 16 Oklahoma went to the Sooners Saturday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex as OU took a 14-2 victory in five innings. The win improved Oklahoma to 23-8 overall and 2-0 in Big 12 play. The loss dropped Iowa State to 17-13 overall and 0-2 in conference competition.
A day after getting shutout and only posting two hits, the Cyclone offense was able to find some rhythm on Satruday.
OU Starts Strong Again
Oklahoma got two key two-out hits to start the scoring in the top of the first. With runners on second and third, Whitney Ellis hit a double to the gap in left-center that scored Georgia Casey and Destinee Martinez to put the Sooners ahead 2-0. The next batter was Kady Self and she continued her strong series with her third home run of the weekend with a shot to straightaway center to move the Sooners ahead 4-0.
Iowa State With the Quick Response
A day after not having a runner come across the plate, Iowa State got its offense in gear. Brittany Gomez led off the game with a single to center to extend her hit streak to six games. Later in the inning, with Lexi Slater on second, Aly Cappaert hit a grounder to short that looked to have ended the inning. However, OU shortstop Jessica Vest bobbled the ball and gave ISU another shot at getting on the board.
Rachel Hartman took advantage of that as she fired a single through short and third to bring home Slater and get Iowa State on the board at 4-1.
Oklahoma’s Big Inning
The Sooners put the game out of any realistic reach from the Cyclones in the top of the second as OU sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning. RBIs were driven in by Ellis, Macey Hartfield (2), Vest, Casey and Martinez as Oklahoma opened up a 10-1 lead.
OU also chased ISU starter Paris Imholz during the run-scoring campaign, though she would come back into the game in the third and would finish the game for the Cyclones.
Off the Scoreboard
With the score 14-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the chance of a comeback was not looking good. With one out, Lexi Slater was able to get on the board by smashing a home run off Casye to left-center that hit off the scoreboard to make it to the final score of 14-2.
Player of the Game
Rachel Hartman. The freshman back-stop had one of the best games of her young Iowa State career as she finished 3-for-3 at the plate and with an RBI. This was the second three-hit game of Hartman’s ISU career, as she also had three hits against New Mexico State on February 14.
Iowa State will close out the three-game series against Oklahoma tomorrow at noon at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Admission to all Iowa State home softball games is free.