Three Big Takeaways: Iowa State finishes last road tournament of season strong


Tyler Coe

Iowa State pitcher Saya Swain throws a pitch against Kansas May 6, 2022 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

The Iowa State softball team finished up their final road tournament of the season in Honolulu Sunday. The team went 4-1 on the weekend, improving the overall record on the year to 11-13.

Ralston and Swain pitch combined no-hitter

Freshman Jaiden Ralston and junior Saya Swain combined to pitch a no-hitter Friday in a 3-0 win against Fordham. Swain was able to acquire the win as she pitched four and two-thirds innings allowing only three walks and getting five strikeouts before getting pulled for Ralston.

Ralston completely shut down the Rams in relief for Swain, as she struck out three batters in two and a third innings pitched, while earning the save. This was no doubt a very much-needed bounce-back game for the Cyclones as they were able to get momentum going throughout the rest of the tournament.

Cyclones prove that they’re not yet dead

The Cyclones proved that they were not gonna let a 7-12 record affect them anymore, showing out throughout the tournament by scoring runs to support their pitching staff. They shut out Fordham by a score of 3-0 to start off the tournament.

It was then followed by a clean sweep in the two games they played Niagara, as they won in five innings in their first matchup by a score of 9-1, which was then followed the next day with a 6-4 victory. However, Iowa State split the series against the hosting Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.

The first matchup gave the Rainbow Warriors the win by a score of 5-2, but a nine-inning game ended with the Cyclones tying the series by a score of 5-4. 

Cyclones prepared to face the Big 12

After a very promising bounce-back tournament by the Cyclones, they now look ahead to Big 12 competition as they get to play their home opener in their next series. Iowa State will play the BYU Cougars twice Friday to start off the weekend.

That game will then be followed by a two-game series against Omaha Sunday.