Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones climb to fifth place in Big 12 with win over Kansas


Tyler Coe

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

The Iowa State softball team traveled to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in their final Big 12 series of the season.

The Cyclones got the win Friday against Kansas by a score of 3-1 as they climbed into fifth place in the Big 12 standings.

Ellie Spelhaug holds down Kansas offense

Senior Ellie Spelhaug got the start for Iowa State on Friday as the team battled with their Big 12 foes.

Spelhaug ended up holding down the Kansas offense as the Jayhawks only scored a single run on the day on three hits.

Spelhaug has been a vital piece for Iowa State in the time she has been a Cyclone, and she’s shown all season that it still holds true as she got her sixth win of the season Friday.

Swain earns her fifth save of the season

Junior Saya Swain came into the game for the sixth inning in relief of Spelhaug as she closed out the game for Iowa State as it had the lead going into the inning.

Swain completely shut the door against Kansas by holding them to absolutely nothing in two innings of relief.

She picked up her fifth save of the season as it was also her fifth save of her career as she’s found her new role on the team by coming into the game and shutting down opposing offenses to get her team the win.

Angelina Allen comes up big in Cyclones win

Sophomore Angelina Allen had herself a day for Iowa State as she was responsible for all three runs that Iowa State scored against Kansas on Friday.

Allen, who has mainly hit out of the three spot in the lineup, has been up and down this season in terms of her performance, but on Friday she showed that she can contribute in big ways.

In two plate appearances, Allen had a double and a walk as she scored the last run of the game for Iowa State while having two RBI’s as well.

Iowa State now holds a 23-28 record on the season, 5-11 in the Big 12, as it will have two more games against the Jayhawks in Lawrence this weekend.

The Cyclones will continue to be in a fight for potentially landing in fourth place in the Big 12 by the end of the series.

The next game against Kansas will happen on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the series will wrap up on Sunday at noon.