SOFTBALL:Cyclones split road series against No. 10 Tigers

Michael Zogg

The Cyclones split a two game series with No. 10 Missouri on Wednesday in Columbia, Mo.

Iowa State dropped the first game 5-0 before coming back with a 4-3 win in the second, marking the third straight series that the team has lost the first game of a series, only to come back and win the second.

In game one, the Cyclones stuggled to get anything going on offense as Missouri pitcher Stacy Delaney got 14 straight ISU batters out to start the game. Iowa State only got one runner to second base after back-to-back singles in the 5th inning.

Sophmore pitcher Rachel Zabriskie also had problems in the opening game as she allowed two runs off two hits and a hit batter. She only lasted until the fourth inning where she face the first two batters, giving up a leadoff single and a home run.

Freshman pitcher Lauren Kennewell took over for Zabriskie, allowing one run in the final three innings.

Zabriskie was able to bounce right back, however, allowing just three hits and one earned run in the second game of the doubleheader.

She allowed a run in the first inning off of a pair of MU doubles. After the run scored, Zabriskie went into shutdown mode, retiring then next 19 batters in order, before sophomore short stop Carrie Monroe committed an error on what would have been the final play of the game.

The ISU bats woke up in the second game as well, as Iowa State jumped on top of Missouri 2-0 early with three straight singles and a fielder’s choice that failed to get anybody out in the first inning.

The Cyclones expanded on their lead in the third when junior catcher Alex Johnson blasted a two-run home run, tallying both the final run and the final hit for the Cyclones on the afternoon.

This win was head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler’s second ever against her alma-mater, ending a five game losing streak against the Tigers.

Iowa State next takes the field in College Station for a Saturday-Sunday series against Texas A&M.