Marin’s first career home run leads Cyclones to series win over No. 18 Baylor


Tyler Coe

Kasey Simpson celebrates an out against Iowa on Apr. 26, 2023.

The Iowa State softball team took on No. 18 Baylor for one final time Sunday to end the series at the Cyclones Sports Complex.

The Cyclones looked to bounce back after a poor performance in Saturday’s matchup as they were taken down in five innings by a score of 15-3.

A big fourth inning from Iowa State ended up giving the Cyclones the win Sunday by a score of 6-5. This win also gives the Cyclones the series win against the No. 18 Baylor Bears by taking two out of the three games in the series making it also their first Big 12 series win this season.

Junior Camille Marin hit her first career home run for Iowa State as she capped off a big fourth inning for the Cyclones as she blasted it to right-center field to give Iowa State the lead after being down 5-3.

“I think it felt great,” Marin said. “Especially because it’s Senior Day too and having my parents in the stands today as well also made it special.”

Marin, before this game, struggled to get anything going at the plate as she was hitting below .100. But now with this home run, she gives herself a big confidence boost going forward to contribute further at the plate for the Cyclones.

Senior Carli Spelhaug also contributed in a big way for the Cyclones in Sunday’s match as she made big plays both at the plate and in the field.

“It was good,” Spelhaug said. “We knew we would have to play almost perfect to beat them today but it was really just making the right play at the right time.”

Spelhaug scored Iowa State’s first run of the game after hitting a lead-off double in the bottom of the second inning to give the Cyclones the early lead.

Carli also made a huge play in the field in the top of the sixth inning as the team found themselves in a bit of trouble with two runners on, but she made a diving play to close out the inning to prevent them from losing the lead.

This win also happened to come on Senior Day as Iowa State celebrated many different players Sunday as this would be their last Big 12 game played at the Cyclones Sports Complex in their careers.

Cyclones head coach Jamie Pinkerton offered his thoughts on the way his team was able to bounce back and take the series against a ranked team like Baylor while also making this a special win for the seniors on Senior Day.

“Senior Day is kind of a catch-22,” Pinkerton said. “A lot of emotions today and you know you want to honor them but you also have business at hand to take care of, so they did a good job of managing that today.”

Iowa State now chases fourth place in the Big 12 as they now look ahead to their final game at the Cyclones Sports Complex this season.

They will take on Drake Wednesday at 4 p.m. before heading to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks in their last three games of the season before the Big 12 tournament.