Iowa State looks to ride momentum into Fresno State Kickoff Classic


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Iowa State then-freshman catcher Mikayla Ramos bats during the Iowa State vs. South Dakota softball game held at the Cyclone Sports Complex on April 2, 2019. The Cyclones had three home run hits and defeated the Coyotes 9-1.

The 2-3 Cyclones are looking to now ride the momentum they had this past weekend and carry it over into the Fresno State Kickoff Classic starting Friday.

Iowa State will face UIC, Fresno State, Seattle and Idaho State over the course of the weekend as they look to have a winning record by the end of it.

Coach Jamie Pinkerton had some thoughts after having his team go 2-3 in the first tournament of the year.

“I thought we got off to a slow start,” Pinkerton said. “But as the weekend went on I thought we picked up and it looked like the team we could look like. Not the start we wanted but we picked up and were able to finish strong.”

The Cyclones were looking down after dropping their first three games to Omaha and Drake but were able to show that they can brush off a bad start after taking down UNI twice for the final two games of the tournament.

“I think overall we played better than a 2-3 record but now we just need to clean some things up before we get on the road,” Pinkerton said.

Freshman Ashley Minor and freshman Tiana Poole were able to come away with having hit their first collegiate home run this past weekend.

Senior right-handed pitcher Saya Swain was able to hold it down for the Cyclones against the UNI Panthers to give them their first two wins of the season.

Iowa State will play their first matchup against UIC at noon Friday, then play Fresno State at 6 p.m.

Saturday, they will play Seattle at 6 p.m. On Sunday, they will play Seattle again at 11 a.m., then finish up the tournament against Idaho State at 1:30 p.m.