Iowa State splits on the last day of the Courtyard Marriott Osprey Classic

Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton talks to Member of the Iowa State Softball team during the 7th inning Sep. 23. The Cyclones defeated the Kirkwood Eagles 9-1.

Hannah Allen

Iowa State vs. Virginia Tech- Hokies 6, Cyclones 4

The Cyclones took the mound on Sunday with right-handed pitcher Emma Hylen. Hylen pitched three innings giving up four unearned runs. She had three strikeouts on the day.

Iowa State did all their damage in the top of the first inning.

It all started with an RBI triple from outfielder Taylor Nearad scoring designated player Kirsten Caudle from first. It was Nearad’s second triple of the season, she gave the Cyclones the early 1-0 lead.

Next, catcher Sally Woolpert came to the plate with two outs. Woolpert hit an RBI single down the right field line to score Nearad. The Cyclones extended their lead to 2-0.

Still with two outs when left fielder Hannah Carter came to the plate. Carter struck out swinging but reached first base on a wild pitch. Woolpert advanced to second.

Next up to the plate was first baseman Nychole Antillon. Antillon hit the first triple of her career down the left field line scoring Carter and Woolpert to give the Cyclones a 4-0 lead.

In the first inning, the Cyclones had four runs on three hits and left one runner on base.  

The score would remain 4-0 Cyclones until the bottom of the third when the Hokies would tie it up 4-4. Virginia Tech scored four runs after two errors on Iowa State and an obstruction call at the plate.

Right-handed pitcher Savannah Sanders entered to pitch for Hylen in the top of the fourth inning. Sanders would pitch two innings and one out giving up five hits and two runs.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Hokies were threatening with runners on first and second so right-handed pitcher Brianna Weilbacher came in to pitch for Sanders. Weilbacher gave up one hit and one walk. She had two strikeouts in the game.

The Hokies would score two more in the bottom of the sixth making the score a final of 6-4 Hokies.

Iowa State vs. Jacksonville- Cyclones 3, Dolphins 2

For the last game of the Courtyard Marriott Osprey Classic, the Cyclones took the mound with Weilbacher who would pitch seven innings and one out. She had ten strikeouts on the day.

In the top of the third inning, right-fielder Kaila Konz singled on a bunt for a lead off hit. Shortstop Sami Williams hit a double down the left field line advancing Konz to third.

Nearad then hit an RBI single to right to advance Williams to third and to score Konz. The Cyclones took a 1-0 lead.

Stites hit an RBI single up the middle to score Williams. Iowa State was up 2-0 on Jacksonville.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sanders would come in to pitch for Weilbacher. There were two outs and runners on first and second.

The Dolphins hit a two run RBI double off of Sanders and would make the score 2-2. The game then went into extra innings.

In the top of the eighth inning, Stites was placed on second. Stites advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from catcher Woolpert. First baseman Antillon reached on a fielding error by the Dolphins shortstop. Stites scored making the score 3-2 Cyclones.

The Cyclones would leave the bases loaded but not get any more runs.

Sanders would return to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning. She threw a wild pitch and hit a batter so Weilbacher reentered the game in replace of Sanders. Weilbacher got the save as the Cyclones beat the Dolphins 3-2.

The Cyclones won the last game of the Courtyard Marriott Osprey Classic in extra innings behind strong pitching from Weilbacher. The Cyclones 2-3 this weekend to make a 10-10 overall record this season.