Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones shut out by Razorbacks


Tyler Coe/Iowa State Daily

Ellie Spelhaug pitches against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Iowa Corn CyHawk Series on April 26 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

The Iowa State softball team started off the Wooo Pig Classic Thursday, playing the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks.

However, the Cyclones could not get anything going as they fell 3-0 making them 6-8 on the year.

Cyclone offense gets shut down

The Cyclone offense was brought to a halt as they acquired just one hit the entire game, which was done by senior second baseman Kasey Simpson in the fifth inning.

Iowa State generated four walks during the game as well but could not bring in any run support.

The Cyclones got a glance at what the Razorbacks can put up against them, as they will play them again Saturday.

Pitching staff struggles against a tough team

The Razorbacks were able to score four runs on the Cyclones as they brought in runs when they needed them most.

Iowa State gave up those four runs on 10 hits and four walks on the day. Freshman pitcher Jaiden Ralston came in for relief as she performed the best out of the three pitchers that were sent out.

Ralston gave up one hit and two walks while striking out three in an inning and two-thirds of work. Now that Iowa State has had some time to learn how Arkansas plays, it can prepare to hopefully even the series in their final matchup of the tournament Saturday.

Weekend continues on

Although the Cyclones weren’t able to pick up a win in their first matchup of the tournament against the Razorbacks, they can now look to bounce back in their next couple of games throughout the weekend.

They will start off facing Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. Friday, which will be followed by a meeting with North Texas at 12:30 p.m. to end the day.

The Cyclones will face off one last time against North Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday and then will play Arkansas for a second time at 3 p.m. To wrap up the tournament, the Cyclones will face off against Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. Sunday.