Ochoa’s two home-run day leads Iowa State to win over Iowa


Tyler Coe

Milaysia Ochoa gets on base against Iowa on Apr. 26, 2023.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa State softball team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday evening to take on Iowa in the annual Cy-Hawk game at Bob Pearl Field.

The Cyclones continued their three-game winning streak against the Hawkeyes as they took down Iowa by a score of 7-4.

This game also closed out the series for Iowa State to claim the Cy-Hawk series as this is its second straight year claiming the state of Iowa to be a Cyclone state.

Junior Milaysia Ochoa had her third two-home run game of the season as she continues to have an excellent season for Iowa State. She finished her day going 2-2 while also drawing two walks on Wednesday.

“It’s always fun to play them,” Ochoa said. “I was just able to see the ball and see something I could hit and I was able to hit it hard.”

Ochoa blasted a three-run home run to left field in the top of the third inning to give Iowa State its first lead of the game early on for her first home run of the day.

The second home run for Ochoa occurred in the top of the fifth inning as she increased the Cyclones’ lead on the Hawkeyes late in the game.

Ochoa now has 11 home runs on the season after the incredible showing in Iowa City Wednesday evening.

Freshman Jaiden Ralston came in for Iowa State after a rough start from freshman Tatum Johnson, as she held it down for the Cyclones throughout the majority of the game.

Ralston finished with the win as she had a final stat line of three and two-thirds innings pitched while giving up three hits and striking out four batters.

Iowa State head coach Jamie Pinkerton had some praise for Ralston after holding it down for the Cyclones.

“We needed a good outing from her,” Pinkerton said. “As a freshman she’s had her ups and downs, but she looked really good today.”

Ralston, as a freshman, continues to prove to be a valuable piece to the Cyclones success as she did it once again Wednesday.

Junior Saya Swain was called in for Ralston in the fifth inning as she held it down for the rest of the game giving the Cyclones the win.

Swain earned the save for Iowa State as she finished the game going three innings pitched while giving up only one run on two hits while striking out five batters.

Pinkerton also gave his thoughts on his team’s overall performance against the in-state rival in the Iowa Hawkeyes.

“We’re playing well,” Pinkerton said. “We got off to a slow start but they did what we had to do and we were able to get the win.”

Iowa State now improves to a 19-27 record on the season as the team continues to draw closer and closer to the .500 mark.

The Cyclones now look ahead after a great showing in Iowa City as they head back to Ames to prepare for a three-game weekend series at the Cyclones Sports Complex where they will host the No. 14 Baylor Bears beginning Friday.