Softball team drops second game against No. 6 Texas

John Barry

The ISU softball team fell to No. 6 Texas 12-4 on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Austin, Texas.

Unlike the opening game of the series, the Cyclones (18-21, 3-5 Big 12) were able to generate some offense against the mighty Longhorn pitching staff. It was the first time since March 8 that Texas (37-4, 7-0) allowed an earned run on their home field.

The Cyclones saw an early lead in the top of the first inning when they jumped out 2-0 on runs from Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk.

The team’s lead would slip away quickly when Texas came up to bat in the bottom of the frame and scored nine runs of their own. 

ISU pitcher Riley Fisher allowed six earned runs on two hits and four walks. Fisher only recorded one out before relief pitcher Taylor Smith entered the game in the first inning.

The Cyclones broke school records for RBIs and runs scored on Saturday. The 2013 offense has tallied 200 RBIs this season while scoring 227 runs.

Senior Erica Miller led the Cyclones offensively, going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs in the contest. Miller has 42 RBIs this season, which is the second-most in ISU history while joining Jorden Spendlove as the two Cyclones with 10 doubles on the year.

Gomez and Tori Torrescano set individual marks in the Cyclone record books during the contest as well.

Gomez, who had two hits, scored two of the Cyclones’ four runs, giving her 40 runs scored on the season to lead the team. The freshman is the first Cyclone since Jenny Condon in 1989 to score 40 runs in a season.

Torrescano, in her final plate appearance of the game, was walked for the 26th time this season, tying the single-season record.

The two teams will play the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14 in Austin, Texas.