Pinkerton earns major milestone in doubleheader win for Iowa State


Tyler Coe

Sarah Tyree throws the ball to first in game one against Oklahoma on Mar. 24, 2023.

Iowa State softball took on the Colorado State Rams Saturday in their final doubleheader this season at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

The Cyclones looked to bounce back following the two losses on Friday to the Rams.

They were able to do just that as they took down Colorado State in both games to even up the series against the Rams.

Iowa State head coach Jamie Pinkerton reached a major milestone in his coaching career as he earned his 500th career win as a head coach, making it also his 150th win as the head coach of the Cyclones.

“It’s always good to get those over with,” Pinkerton said. “I told the team that getting number 151 as the coach of Iowa State and 501 in my career was special, and I wouldn’t want it done with any other team.”

Senior Carli Spelhaug was able to blast two home runs on the day, one in each game, as she helped the Cyclones claim these two wins after falling in Friday’s games.

“It was huge,” Spelhaug said. “It was anything to help the team so it was nice that I was able to contribute in this way today.”

In the first game, the Cyclones shutout Colorado State by a score of 8-0 in six innings.

Senior Alesia Ranches hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning that brought Iowa State one run away from closing out the game early as they were up 7-0 after that home run.

“My first thought was like, finally,” Ranches said. “It felt really nice to be able to finally contribute to the team on offense.”

In the second game, it was much more of a close affair.

Iowa State was able to prevail in the end as they beat Colorado State by a score of 6-2.

Senior Sarah Tyree continued to have a good series as she blasted her second home run of the series in the bottom of the sixth inning that also counted for her second home run of the season.

Saturday was a big day for Iowa State as they look to continue to improve each game as they creep closer and closer towards the .500 mark.

Iowa State can continue to crawl to that mark as they now look to the annual Cyhawk series as they will take on Iowa in Iowa City on Wednesday.