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Iowa State Starts Big 12 Play vs. No. 16 Oklahoma

Courtesy: cyclones.com
Release: 03/27/2014
         
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State softball team returns to the diamond this weekend to open the Big 12 season with a three-game series against No. 16 Oklahoma. The Cyclones will start the series against the Sooners at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Friday with first pitch at 4 p.m. There will be one game on Saturday and Sunday with each game starting at noon.

Admission to all Iowa State softball games is free.

All three games this weekend will be televised live on Cyclones.TV Powered by Mediacom and to Cyclones.TV paid subscribers on the Cyclones.TV web player. Live stats for all three will be available here. Iowa State Assistant Director for Athletics Communications Patrick Tarbox will host a live blog during the games that can be accessed here.

Cyclone Notes
  • Iowa State returns to the Cyclone Sports Complex for its first Big 12 series of the season when the Cyclones taking on No. 16 Oklahoma. The first game starts Friday at 4 p.m. with the final two games of the series taking place on Saturday and Sunday at noon.
  • The Cyclones marked their season debut at the CSC with a split doubleheader against Northern Illinois. The Huskies took the first game 15-6 in five innings, but ISU was able to get the split with a 6-5 eight-inning win in the second game.
  • Aly Cappaert was the hero of the Iowa State victory, hitting a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the fifth and then sending the fans home with a game-winning homer to lead off the eighth inning.
  • Cappaert, a sophomore, ranks among the top-10 in the Big 12 in a variety of categories, including sitting in a tie for second in home runs and third in slugging percentage.
  • Brittany Gomez became Iowa State’s all-time leader in stolen bases Sunday when she swiped her 49th career base in the first inning of the first game against Northern Illinois. Gomez, only a sophomore, passed Adi Blackmon (2000-03) to become ISU’s all-time leader in the category.
  • Gomez has been dominant in all aspects of the game this season, ranking third in the Big 12 in batting average at .455, being one of six players in the conference with an on-base percentage of over .500, ranking fourth in the league in stolen bases (19) and committing only one error in the field while contributing five assists from centerfield.
  • Lexi Slater came into 2014 with a career batting average of .248 in her first two seasons as a Cyclone. This year, the junior has become one of Iowa State’s biggest batting threats, hitting .384 with a .640 slugging percentage. She ranks second in the Big 12 with 10 doubles in 2014.
  • Sarah Hawryluk comes into Sunday’s game riding a nine-game hitting streak. The senior from Canada has already had an 11-game hit streak to her name this season. A hit in the first game against Oklahoma will make her the first player in ISU history with two 10-game hit streaks in the same season.
  • Kaite Johnson continues to be the ace of the ISU pitching staff, leading the Big 12 in wins (16), innings pitched (154.1), appaerances (27), starts (25) and complete games (16).
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