Cappaert homers twice, Cyclones sweep UMKC

John Barry

Finally getting a day of spring weather in Ames, the ISU softball team took advantage of it on April 29, 2013.

Iowa State (21-29, 4-11 Big 12) got two wins against Missouri-Kansas City in an afternoon doubleheader by scores of 10-4 and 7-4.

In the first game, the teams would see the lead change go back and forth between five times. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the score was knotted at four runs apiece.

The Cyclones exploded for six runs in the inning, including a grand slam from shortstop Lexi Slater, a sacrifice RBI from Erica Miller and a home run from Aly Cappaert.

The freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, was not done just yet.

With the Cyclones up 2-1 in the third inning, Cappaert unleashed her second home run of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning in game two, increasing the lead for Iowa State.

“I thought I saw the pitches really well today,” Cappaert said. “I have been working on my swing mechanics a lot this past week in practice, and it paid off today. I wasn’t jumping too much, and it felt good off the bat.”

UMKC tied the game back up at four runs a piece, just like the first game, in the sixth inning on a triple by outfielder Bri Wyatt, who crossed home plate on the same play on a throwing error by Brittany Gomez.

The Cyclones had another answer in the bottom of the sixth inning, much like game one on offense.

With the bases loaded, Lexi Slater came up big again with a base-clearing double to plate three runs for the Cyclones and giving the team the clinching 7-4 lead.

Taylor Smith threw a complete game for the Cyclones in the second game.

“I thought both Taylor and Tori did a good job in getting ahead in the counts today,” said ISU coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler. “We did not allow as many walks as usual today, which helped our defense out a lot without having to worry about base runners.”

The two wins got the team back on track after being swept by top-ranked Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., from Friday to Saturday.

The Cyclones’ next game will be May 1 against in-state rival Iowa in Iowa City.