Aggies best Cyclones in Game 2

Travis Cammon

The ISU softball team played two games of a three game series Friday afternoon against No. 15 Texas A&M, and the Aggies (28-10, 7-2 Big 12) once again proved too much for the Cyclones (11-24, 0-8 Big 12) as they were victorious for the second time Friday, with a final score of 11-3.

Taylor Smith began the day in the pitching circle for the Cyclones and pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs.

The Aggies again quickly scored in the second inning with an RBI single from Brittany Walker scoring a run, giving them an early 1-0 lead.

After a fast start the game slowed down, however, as neither team was able to generate much offense in the next inning, until Nicole Morgan of A&M hit her second home run of the day to push the Aggie’s lead to 2-0.

A&M continued to add runs in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI single from catcher Meagan May and Nicole Morgan scoring four runs in the inning and built the lead to 6-0.

After a dominating performance from Aggie pitcher Mel Dumezich, who pitched a total of 11 innings giving up 8 hits and 1 run, she was finally relieved at the bottom of the fifth in favor of freshmen Lauren Ainsley, who finished the game for Texas A&M.

Iowa State made a pitching change of their own in the top of the sixth inning, as Smith was replaced by Lauren Kennewell.

Kennewell pitched the remainder of the game for the Cyclones and proceeded to give up four hits and five runs, including a grand-slam to pitcher Ainsley. It was not only the first home run of her Aggie career, it was also the first at-bat of her career as well.

The Cyclones tried to make a late rally, as the team finally got on the board with a three-run home run from Erica Miller.

The game ended on a fly out against Iowa State’s Tori Torrescano at the very next at bat.

Game three of the three game series concludes Saturday. Action is set to begin at noon at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Ames.