ISU softball drops second consecutive game to Oklahoma

Ben Paulus

After losing its Big 12 opener to Oklahoma 10-0 on Friday evening, the Iowa State softball team’s woes continued as it dropped the second game of the series 14-2 in only five innings Saturday.

The Cyclones, with Paris Imholz starting on the mound, fell behind the Sooners early. Iowa State allowed four runs in the first inning, along with six more in the second.

The ISU pitchers haven’t been getting the run support they have grown accustomed to with Big 12 play underway. The offense spread out nine hits through five innings, but only managed to bring home two runs.

ISU shortstop Lexi Slater accounted for both of Iowa State’s runs on the day. Slater hit her fifth home run on the season to give the Cyclones their second run late in the contest.

Freshman catcher Rachel Hartman added three hits for the Cyclones and drove in Slater to get Iowa State on the board in the first inning.

ISU pitchers Imholz and Stacy Roggentien struggled to work through a dynamic Sooners offense. OU outfielder Kady Self provided the Sooners with more offense than the Cyclones could handle.

After hitting two home runs in the first game of the series, Self continued giving the Cyclones’ pitchers some problems. Self drove in two runs, and added yet another home run.

Iowa State will look to get its first Big 12 victory in Sunday’s matchup and series finale with the Sooners. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex.