Iowa State softball to face tough competition in weekend tournament


Collin Maguire/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State head softball coach Jamie Pinkerton watches the Cyclones’ during their 12–4 loss to Northern Iowa on April 6, 2022.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

The 6-7 Iowa State softball team is seeking a bounce-back performance at the Wooo Pig Classic starting Thursday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Iowa State just came off losing a three-game series in Tempe, Arizona, as it fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils who are currently sitting at 11-2 overall this season.

The Cyclones will look to play spoiler as they will take on their first top-25 matchup of the season. They will start off the tournament playing the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday and will play the Razorbacks again on Saturday. 

Iowa State will also go up against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and North Texas over the course of the weekend.

North Texas will not be easy competition for the Cyclones, as they started off the season in the top-25 and will be looking to get back in the top-25.

The Cyclones will look to find their groove again as they will look to improve upon their current record to show they won’t let last weekend’s series get to their heads.

Big 12 competition is slowly creeping up for Iowa State as well, and there are currently four Big 12 teams in the top-25. The Cyclones will have to pick up the pace to compete against some of the top teams in the conference.

Iowa State will look to do that starting Thursday, beginning the tournament facing Arkansas at 4 p.m.

Then the Cyclones will continue on to Friday and will start off the day against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. then will follow up against North Texas at 12:30 p.m.

The Cyclones will play North Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday and then will play the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks again at 3 p.m.

To finally wrap up the big slate of games for Iowa State, the team will finish off the tournament at 10 a.m. Sunday against Texas A&M Corpus Christi once more.