Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones do not find answers at Wooo Pig Classic


Iowa State softball infielders meet in the circle with starting pitcher Saya Swain during the Cyclones’ 11–1 loss April 10.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

The Iowa State softball team traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas, over the weekend for the Wooo Pig Classic as the team looked to improve its 6-7 record after getting swept by Arizona State the previous weekend. 

Comeback win highlights first stretch of games

The Cyclones did not find ways to win games as they came out of the tournament with a season record of 7-12. They were only able to acquire a single win that came from a late comeback against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi on Friday.

The Cyclones began the tournament against No. 6 Arkansas on Thursday as they were shut out 4-0 by the Razorbacks. It was a less-than-ideal start for Iowa State in the tournament as it had a chance to beat a top-dog in Arkansas but failed to do so.

Iowa State had a chance to bounce back on Friday as it faced Texas A&M – Corpus Christi to start off the day. The Cyclones mounted a comeback in the seventh inning to get them the win by a score of 3-2. 

Friday morning’s momentum was not enough

The Cyclones looked to ride the momentum throughout the rest of the tournament after a thrilling finish but could not get another win, as they ended up losing the last four games of the tournament. 

Iowa State faced North Texas back-to-back as the first matchup ended in an 8-2 loss on Friday, followed by a 3-0 shutout to start out the day on Saturday.

The Cyclones got to face the Razorbacks once again on Saturday as they looked to get revenge after being shut out on Thursday. They were not able to get one back as they fell by a score of 7-4.

Lack of runs plague Cyclones again on final day

To wrap up the tournament, the Cyclones faced off against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi one final time on Sunday as they looked to sweep the Islanders. The Cyclones did not end off on a win, as they fell by a score of 6-1 to end their weekend in Fayetteville.

The weekend was not the best showing from the Cyclones as they failed to put up runs when they needed them the most. Meanwhile, the pitching staff had some ups and downs throughout the tournament but struggled to shut down any of the opposing teams’ bats.

The Cyclones now head back to Ames after a long tournament in Arkansas as they look to prepare for one last road tournament before they get ready for the conference season.

The Cyclones will face off in the Rainbow Wahine Classic starting Friday in Manoa, Hawaii, as they will look to play Fordham, Niagara and Hawaii throughout the course of the coming weekend.