Takeaways: Struggles continue for Iowa State softball in Tampa

Iowa State’s Logan Schaben prepares to swing at a pitch during the Cyclones’ 4-2 win over Iowa in the Cy-Hawk Series.

Chanler Twedt

The Softball team had a tough weekend in Tampa, Florida, finishing the tournament with a 1-4 record, the only win coming against University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

The Cyclones still need to find ways to get runners on base and put runners in positions to score. The offense looks great but, at other times, batters can’t seem to put the ball in place to play. The team could hit the ball fine but couldn’t generate enough runs on the scoreboard at the end of the day it matters.

ISU team defense continues to play sound defense. Still, it was the ISU batters that are sometimes hurting the defense not being able to create any runs in Tampa However, and the team needs to find a way to capitalize when they are up to bat and somehow get those runners on base potentially score the softball team is getting better it just isn’t showing in the winning column for the team

The first game in the tournament against the Wisconsin Badgers, the cyclones showed they could put some points on the scoreboard against an excellent Wisconsin team but came up short, in the end, losing 7-6 to the Badgers.

Then Later that night, they played South Florida and held scoreless to another excellent ball club in South Florida where the bulls got eleven hits, but only scored four runs off those hits which shows you again the Cyclones defense did its job. But the offense was nowhere to be founded.

The clones show game one against Wisconsin. The offense scored six runs and but in the next game, they held to zero runs, maybe the team was a little tired, but still, the girls have to find that energy and consistency on offense when they are up to bat.

Heading into Saturday’s game, the Cyclones Split games at the USF Tournament.

Getting the only win to UMass 3-1, it was close game tied 1-1 heading into the six-inning, as particular hitter Sarah Tyree plated both Alesia Ranches and squeeze sprinter Angelica Gonzalez on a solitary through the right side, giving the Cyclones the 3-1 lead. Would end up being the distinction, as the Cyclones would proceed to take the 3-1 triumph.

The Cyclones would once again have to play Wisconsin in the nightcap, another excellent finish for both teams.

The Cyclones would prop the offense up, scoring in their continuous third inning as Freshman Carli Spelhaug would put a impact as she got a grand slam to the right field, making the score 3-3.

The Badger offense would sneak one final run would end up being the main factor, giving the badgers 4-3 triumph.

The last game for the ISU softball team in the USF tournament had to play South Florida again after getting previously shutout previous game to South Florida. Thought five-innings, it was looking like another shutout until finally, the team got two runs by Wright singled to left center, 2 RBI (3-2);Carter advanced to second; Ranches scored, unearned; Schaben scored with would make the score 4-2 in the sixth inning. But it wasn’t enough as the Cyclones would lose again to South Florida final score 5-3.

If this young softball team expect to win some games this year, they’re going need to find some consistency quick if they expect a win in the Big 12 conference against some of best team in the country. Even though the conference doesn’t start isn’t until March 20, they better start getting consist heading into another tournament this weekend.

as the team looks to get back on track in the winning column as The Cyclones will head to Los Angeles next weekend to compete in the LMU Tournament, they will be in action on Friday at 2:15 p.m. against San Diego.