Cyclones fall in doubleheader to Colorado State


Tyler Coe

Jaiden Ralston pitches the ball in game one against Oklahoma on Mar. 24, 2023.

Iowa State softball took on Colorado State Friday in the first of two days of doubleheaders at the Cyclones Sports Complex.

The Cyclones failed to come out of the first day with a win as they fell in both games to the Rams by scores of 7-5 and 9-6.

In the first game, junior Saya Swain got the start for the Cyclones as she looked to continue their three-game win streak against the Rams.

Swain tied her season high in strikeouts as she collected 11 of them through six and a third innings pitched.

“I was just trying to keep my team in the game,” Swain said. “My mindset coming into the game was we just needed some wins.”

Throughout the majority of the game, Iowa State had all the momentum as it came into the seventh inning leading 5-1.

That lead would quickly shift toward Colorado State’s favor as the team had a four-run seventh inning to eventually send the game into extra innings.

The Rams would put up another two runs in the eighth inning to eventually give them the win by a final score of 7-5.

Iowa State would end up committing five errors in the game, four in the final two innings, as the team had trouble closing out the game to claim the win.

“It doesn’t feel good,” head coach Jamie Pinkerton said. “You have a pitcher who goes out there and plays a hell of a game and we don’t get the final three outs so it’s just disappointing.”

Junior Milaysia Ochoa had a strong day for Iowa State as she went o 2-3 at the plate with a walk in the first game.

The second game would also not go in the favor of the Cyclones as they ended up falling to the Rams again by a final score of 9-6.

Iowa State gave up 14 hits to Colorado State in the second game as the Rams kept piling on top of the Cyclones all game long.

However, senior Sarah Tyree hit her first home run of the season for Iowa State in the bottom of the second inning giving her two career home runs with the Cyclones.

“I’ve definitely been putting some more work in,” Tyree said. “I’ve been trying to fix some things in my swing too, so today it was able to line up and I was able to get that through.”

Ochoa would go on to hit her ninth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it proved to not be enough to rally back from the deficit they were facing.

The 16-27 Cyclones will have their final day of the joint doubleheaders against Colorado State on Saturday.

The first matchup is set to start at noon, followed by the second and final game of the series which is currently scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Both games will be played at the Cyclones Sports Complex.