Softball team struggles in doubleheader in Los Angeles

Travis Cammon

The ISU softball team traveled to Los Angeles for a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount and were defeated in both outings.

The Cyclones (7-14, 0-0 Big 12) were shut out in both games against the Lions (20-10, 0-0 PCSC), losing the first game 6-0 and the second 17-0.

Iowa State was only able to collect four hits total in the two games against its opponent. In game one, junior Tori Torrescano started, giving up five hits and four runs in 2.2 innings.

Torrescano was later replaced by Lauren Kennewell, who also pitched 2.2 innings while giving up four hits and two runs.

Taylor Smith also made a brief appearance on the mound, giving up no hits and no runs in one inning.

The Cyclones took a step backward on day two of competition, as they lost by more than double the first day.

Erica Miller collected two hits, turning out to be the only hits for Iowa State in the game. Smith and freshman Miranda Kemp each pitched 1.1 innings for the Cyclones, giving up eight hits and eight runs.

The romping continued when Madison Jones entered the game in relief and followed suit with her teammates. She pitched just one inning, giving up four hits and five runs.

The losses mark the seventh and eighth times this season the Cyclones have been shut out by an opponent. The 17-0 loss also marks the second-biggest loss of the season for Iowa State.

Iowa State will try and rebound on Friday when it travels to Moraga, Calif., for the 2012 Gaels Classic. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m.