Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones end home season with walk-off win over Drake


Tyler Coe

Angelita Fuentes rounds third base after hitting a walk-off home run against Drake to end the game on May 3, 2023.

Pavle Markovic, Sports Reporter

AMES — The 21-28 Iowa State softball team took on Drake Wednesday at the Cyclones Sports Complex in its final home game of the season.

The Cyclones took on the Bulldogs earlier in the season, losing both matchups to Drake in the Doc Halverson UNI Classic.

Iowa State got one back Wednesday as it defeated Drake to end the home season by a score of 12-4 in a six-inning walkoff.

The Cyclones now improve to a record of 22-28 on the season as they’ve had a huge bounce back since the start of the season.

Johnson bounces back after first inning collapse

Freshman Tatum Johnson got the start for Iowa State as she looked to start off the game by shutting down the Bulldogs offense. 

Things didn’t go as planned as she did not make it out of the first inning giving up three runs on three hits to give Drake an early lead. 

Johnson still ended up staying in the lineup as the designated player, and she produced. 

She hit two extra-base hits for the Cyclones on the day in three plate appearances as she bounced back in a major way for Iowa State. 

Associate head coach Courtney Martinez had high praise for Johnson on the way she bounced back from her start in the first inning.

“Today had a lot to say about her mental game,” Martinez said. “She didn’t carry that over to the plate, and she’s gonna be a big time player for us.”

Martinez took over as the head coach in the top of the first inning for Iowa State as head coach Jamie Pinkerton was thrown out of the game early over a call made by the umpires that he argued.

Milaysia Ochoa can not be stopped

Junior Milaysia Ochoa has gone on a rampage for Iowa State as she’s taken her game to a whole new level. 

On Wednesday, Ochoa went two-for-two with a walk as she scored each time she was at the plate. 

Milaysia hit her 12th home run of the season that ties her for third in the Big 12 for the most home runs. 

Ochoa also made a diving catch out in left-center field in the top of the fourth inning to prevent Drake from potentially scoring as she has been an all-around monster of a player throughout the season.

Fuentes walks off the Bulldogs to end the season at home

Sophomore Angelita Fuentes was called in to pinch hit for Lea Nelson in the bottom of the sixth inning to give her an opportunity to send the Cyclones out with a win. 

Fuentes stepped up with two outs with the Cyclones leading 11-4 in the game needing one run to end the game early.

She was able to do just that as she cranked her first home run of the season to left field to walk off the Bulldogs and earn the Cyclones the mercy-rule win.

Fuentes was not given many opportunities to showcase what she could do for the team, but she showed Wednesday that she can be a vital piece to this team as she demolished the walk-off home run for the Cyclones.

While the Cyclones may be wrapping up the season at the Cyclones Sports Complex, they look forward to their last series of the season as they travel to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on the Jayhawks in a crucial finish to the Big 12 standings.