Cyclones to make up games against Creighton


Photo:Zhenru Zhang/Iowa State Daily

Cyclones cheer together before the softball game against Oklahoma State Saturday March 26, 2011 at the ISU Sports Complex. Photo: Zhenru Zhang/Iowa State Daily

Zach Gourley

The ISU softball team will make up its double header Thursday against the Creighton Blue Jays.

The games were originally scheduled for last week, but were rained out. They were the last of nine straight games that were either postponed or canceled for the Cyclones due to weather-related problems.

“It was kind of like when you’re a little kid and you’re stuck inside from the rain and you’re antsy to get outside because all you want to do is play,” said Cyclone infielder Erica Miller.

The Cyclones already faced Creighton once this season at the Cyclone Indoor Invitational, a 7-0 ISU victory in the first game of the year for both teams.

“That was the beginning of the season, it was their first time playing, and playing outside will be different,” said Cyclone infielder Dalyn Varela. “They’ve had time to work on some things they learned from the last game. We need to realize that we are a good team but we’ll have to fight for everything. It’s not gonna be handed to us.”

Last time the two teams met, ISU pitcher Rachel Zabriskie had a dominant performance, giving up no runs on just two hits. Zabriskie also tied an ISU school record for most strikeouts in a game, with 13 in that outing.

“We just need to make sure we come out ready to play and don’t take anything for granted,” said Cyclone coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler. “You always have to remember that nothing is certain, especially in our sport.”

The most notable change for Creighton since it began the season against the Cyclones is that Becca Changstrom has emerged as the Blue Jays’ pitching ace.

Changstrom has compiled a record of 8-5 with a 1.42 ERA, and did not get a chance to pitch against the Cyclones in the teams’ first meeting.

“They don’t have as much power as us, but they were a really scrappy team with a lot of speed,” Miller said. “They’re definitely out to beat us since we beat them the first time. With it being a double-header, it’ll be key for us to stay really focused for the second game, no matter what happens in the first game.”

The Cyclones and Blue Jays will meet for the first of two games at 2 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Athletic Complex. The second game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.