Aggies rock Cyclones

Emily Arthur

Two dominating performances by the Texas A&M softball team over the weekend snapped Iowa State’s four-game conference win streak and in the process may have given the Cyclones an idea of where they stand in the Big 12 Conference.

“It was a good dose of reality for us,” ISU head coach Ruth Crowe said. “I didn’t have any pie-in-the-sky idea where we are, but it gave us a little bit of an idea.”

Texas A&M turned in two solid games, stopping the Cyclones 9-1 on Saturday and then again 3-0 on Sunday.

The loss dropped Iowa State to 4-2 in the Big 12 and 13-10 overall, while the Aggies raised their record to 2-3 in the conference and 28-8 overall.

Despite the final outcome, junior Erica Martinez said the losses shouldn’t lead anyone to think the Cyclones can’t be competitive with Texas A&M or any other comparable teams in the conference.

“I wouldn’t really say these games are an indication on where we stand in the conference, because we didn’t play well,” she said.

“We just didn’t play to our full potential.”

The Cyclones only produced four hits on the weekend with their only RBI coming from a Lindsey Herrin solo home run on Saturday.

Crowe said the lack of production at the plate had to do with the performance of the A&M pitchers as well as the ISU hitters not being as aggressive as they should have been.

“Good pitching beats good hitting,” Crowe said. “…They had good pitching, and we just didn’t do a good job at the plate.”

Iowa State returns to action on April 3 when they travel to Des Moines to face Drake. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.