Three Big Takeaways: Ramos finds her groove in upset win over No. 18 Baylor


Tyler Coe

Iowa State defeats Iowa 7-4 in Iowa City on Apr. 26, 2023.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

AMES — The 19-27 Iowa State softball team started a three-game homestand Friday with a 4-2 upset win over No. 18 Baylor.

The Cyclones came off of a win Wednesday evening in Iowa City, Iowa, as they extended their CyHawk winning streak taking down the Hawkeyes 7-4. The Cyclones carried that momentum into their home matchup against Big 12 opponent Baylor.

Iowa State took down Baylor by a score of 4-2 in a thriller of a game to give the Cyclones another crucial win.

Ramos hits crucial home-run

Senior Mikayla Ramos had a great day at the plate Friday as she hit her first extra-base hit in nearly a month. 

Ramos blasted a home-run to left-center field in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game early against a tough Baylor team.

The last time Ramos got an extra-base hit was April 2 against Texas Tech as she has been waiting to get a big hit like this.

“She just had this intimidating look on her, and I just wanted to intimidate her more,” Ramos said. “I just went up there and be myself and showed her who I really am.”

Ramos finished the game going 1-1 with two walks as she looked to further contribute to her team going into the final stretch of the season.

Spelhaug gives Iowa State much-needed innings

Senior Ellie Spelhaug got the start for Iowa State Friday against No. 18 Baylor. The Cyclones looked to continue their three-game winning streak against a ranked Bears team. 

Spelhaug did not have the cleanest stats Friday, but she got the job done as she went six full innings only allowing two runs to a top-25 Baylor team.

“I was definitely off to a slow start,” Spelhaug said. “My defense really had my back throughout the whole game, and it ended up helping me bounce back.”

Spelhaug earned her fourth win of the year as she was a major factor in Iowa State’s win Friday.

Iowa State closes out the game strong against Big 12 foe

The Cyclones came up big in the late innings as they pulled it out against No. 18 Baylor to give them yet another big win. 

Two runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth inning for Iowa State to give them the 4-2 lead as it was led by a base hit by Senior Alesia Ranches.

Ranches had a two-hit day against the Bears that helped the Cyclones get a huge conference win at home.

Iowa State head coach Jamie Pinkerton called in junior Saya Swain to close out the game for the Cyclones, and she did just that.

Swain earned her fourth save of the season tying her for eighth all-time in saves in a single season for Iowa State.

Iowa State is on a hot streak currently after big wins over teams like Iowa and Baylor. The Cyclones will look to keep the four-game winning streak going as they take on the Bears two more times.

The next matchup will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the last matchup at noon Sunday.