Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones fall to Seattle after final-inning comeback


Collin Maguire/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State pitcher Karlie Charles comes out of her windup during the Cyclones’ 12–4 loss to Northern Iowa on April 6 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

Iowa State took on Seattle on Saturday as this was the Cyclone’s second day in the Fresno State Kickoff Classic in Fresno, California.

They were not able to claim the win as the Redhawks were able to walk off the Cyclones by a score of 3-2, making Iowa State 4-4 overall this season.

Iowa State held Seattle down until the seventh inning

The Cyclones were able to hold the Seattle Redhawks to zero runs until the seventh inning as they were able to take their first lead of the game with a solo home run by senior catcher Mikayla Ramos in the third inning to make it 1-0 Iowa State.

No runs would be scored by either team until the seventh inning as Senior Carli Spelhaug got Iowa State some added insurance as she was able to hit a sacrifice fly to score another run to make it 2-0 in favor of the Cyclones.

Senior right-handed pitcher Karlie Charles was able to do her part by going four innings while only allowing four hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Senior right-handed pitcher Ellie Spelhaug came in for the fifth inning in relief for Charles as she was able to hold it down until the seventh inning.

The collapse in the seventh

Iowa State came into the bottom of the seventh inning feeling confident that it was able to get three outs to get yet another win in the tournament.

This was not the case as Seattle was able to build momentum as the team was able to load the bases quickly with three straight singles. A fourth single was able to score the first run of the day for the Redhawks as it kept the bases loaded while shrinking the Cyclone lead to 2-1.

Junior right-handed pitcher Saya Swain came into relief as she looked to get out of a major jam to hopefully get her team the win. It looked good at first as she was able to get two quick outs on a fielder’s choice. A fifth single would then score the final two runs of the game as Seattle was able to walk off the Cyclones by a score of 3-2.

One final day in Fresno

Things were looking up for the Cyclones up until that sudden turn of events in the seventh inning. Iowa State will look to shake off the loss and will have two final games at the Fresno State Kickoff Classic on Sunday.

They start off the day by getting to hopefully even the series against Seattle at 11 a.m. Then, they will finish off the day by playing Idaho State at 1:30 p.m.