Softball: Cyclones one Big 12 win away from school record

Leah Hansen

The Cyclones return to Big 12 action this weekend against Kansas.

If Iowa State wins one game, the team will tie the school record for most wins against Big 12 teams in a season.

Coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler is hoping to break that record.

She’s looking for a few specific things out of this weekend.

“A win right? For them to come out and compete at the highest level that they can play at and whatever happens because of that is what I’m looking for,” Gemeinhardt-Celser said.

Also, if the Cyclones win, they will be placed ahead of the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament.

Pitcher Rachel Zabriskie will be taking it easy until this weekend while the rest of the team practices.

“I’m going to be resting in practice because I’ve pitched a lot of innings. Other than that just the normal stuff; nothing in particular,” Zabriskie said.

The Cyclones know what they need to win and hope to tackle those skills during the weekend.

“Meshing as a team is important. Hitting, defense and pitching all together as one.” Zabriskie said. “Sometimes we have two but we need all three to win.”

The team is feeling the pressure with final exams coming and with this being their last weekend of games before competition starts.

“Right now is kind of crunch time,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “Finals are here and its pretty stressful. We need to play one pitch at a time and take this as an opportunity to get away from all the studies and come out, relax, and have a good time in the sun.”

Iowa State will play in Ames on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.