Cyclones head to Drake for makeup game


Sophomore third baseman Maddie Reese slides safely into second during the game against Texas Tech on April 19, 2013, at the Cyclone Sports Complex.  Reese was the first run-batted-in in the 6-5 victory against the Red Raiders.

John Barry

Coming off of its first home series loss of the season, the ISU softball team will travel to Des Moines on April 23, 2013 to play in-state rival Drake.

The Cyclones (19-24, 4-8 Big 12) will vie for the series sweep of the Bulldogs after they took the first contest on April 9 by a score of 6-5.

The scouting report will be the same as the first game, said ISU coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler.

“They are a scrappy team, quick on the bases,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “They have two pitchers that throw really good changeups and can work ahead. We know what we’re going up against; it’s just a matter of executing.”

The team enjoyed individual and team records broken this past weekend against Texas Tech. Senior Erica Miller broke the RBI record in a season and the team surpassed the single-season record for stolen bases.

“I think it’s all an attribute to how hard we work in practice,” said third baseman Maddie Reese. “We would like to get the wins but breaking these records is great for the program as well.”

The Cyclones are having one of the best offensive seasons in school history but hit a small road bump this weekend against Texas Tech.

“We did not have our best at-bats on Sunday and struggled to attack their pitcher,” said outfielder Jorden Spendlove. “Having beat Drake already once this season, it should be a confidence boost knowing we can hit them.”

Senior Tori Torrescano threw a complete game in the April 9 win for the Cyclones.

First pitch from Buel Field in Des Moines will be at 6 p.m. on April 23.