Iowa State softball begin fall campaign

Zach Gourley

The ISU softball team will be back on the diamond this Sunday to open its fall schedule against DMACC-Boone.

Coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler’s squad finished the 2011 spring schedule with a 21-28 record that included upsets of Baylor and Oklahoma State, both of which were ranked at the time.

The Cyclones lost just one player from last season’s team to graduation in former star pitcher Rachel Zabriskie.

The Austin, Texas, native ended her Cyclone career as the school’s all-time leader in wins (67) and strikeouts (815).

The entirety of the Cyclones’ offensive numbers back from last season, including second-team All-Big 12 nomination, junior infielder Erica Miller.

Miller and fellow junior Tori Torrescano had breakout seasons as sophomores in the spring of 2011, leading the team with 11 home runs each.

Miller also tied the school single-season RBI record, driving in 40 of the team’s 225 runs.

The Cyclones will kick off Sunday’s action at 11 a.m. at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Ames.