Cyclones drop three of four at CenturyLink Classic

Zach Gourley

The ISU softball team fell on hard times in San Marcos, Texas this weekend, dropping three of four games at the CenturyLink Classic.

The Texas State Bobcats proved to be unkind hosts, beating the Cyclones twice on the weekend.

In the first game, senior pitcher Rachel Zabriskie allowed seven runs on nine hits after six innings of work in an uncharacteristic performance. Zabriskie was replaced on the mound by Tori Torrescano for the final inning. A seventh-inning Cyclone rally fell short as the Bobcats held on for a 7-5 victory.

When the teams met again, Cyclone batters were shut out for the first time this year, scoring no runs on five hits, in a 3-0 Bobcat victory. It was a stark difference from the Cyclones’ first six games of the season, in which they averaged better than 10 runs a game.

The remaining two matchups of the weekend for the Cyclones were against the Purdue Boilermakers. Runs would have to be manufactured for the the Cyclones, who only had six hits in the game but scored eight runs, with the help of six walks.  

The 8-5 victory was the high point for the Cyclones, who went on to lose 11-2 in their second game against Purdue.

The Cyclones (6-4) will return to action next weekend at the College of Charleston Cougar Classic in Charlestown, S.C.