Iowa State split double header with North Texas


Freshman Sami Williams races the throw to first and is ruled safe during the 7th inning Sep. 23. The Cyclones defeated the Kirkwood Eagles 9-1.

Ivan Vega

The Iowa State Cyclones took part in a mid-week competition against UT-Arlington and North Texas.

The Cyclones defeated UT-Arlington yesterday with a score of 2-1, all credit to the pitching of Brianna Weilbacher and the hitting ability of Sami Williams.

Williams had two home runs on the day and Weilbacher struck-out six batters and allowed only one run on three hits, to lift the Cyclones over the Mavericks.

Today, the Cyclones (14-12) faced the North Texas Mean Green (9-12) on a double header.


The Cyclones began game one even at 0-0 through the first inning, largely on pitcher Emma Hylen’s two strikeouts early on in the game.

She ended with the win, playing six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, and a single home run and four strikeouts.

However, the Mean Green opened the scoring on the bottom of the second inning, when Rhylie Makawe blunted scoring in Lacy Gregory.

North Texas’ Sam Rea would then homer to the right center field, scoring in Makewe and herself, going up three runs.

The Cyclones responded in no time, when former Montana Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year (2016) Sydney Stites tripled to the right field, scoring in Williams who had singled through the left side.

Iowa State was able to account hits on the first game but found themselves unable to translate their hits into runs.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Cyclones were loaded on bases, but Taylor Nearad was unable to bring them in, popping her hit up to the Mean Green’s shortstop.

Closer to the end of the sixth inning, Jackie Chairez was walked, and Kirsten Caudle singled through the left side, to find herself on second after Nychole Antillon had a sacrifice bunt.

Williams would see this opportunity and homered to center field, scoring in Chairez and Caudle for the three RBIs. Swinging the game 4-3 in the Cyclones’ favor.

Next inning, with Nearad on third base, Antillon singled to the right field, scoring in Nearad, and advancing Caudle to third.

Chairez would then single to center field, advancing Skyler Ramos, in to pinch run for Antillon, to second base, scoring in Caudle.

Chairez and Ramos would then advance a base after a passed ball. Ramos would score on a wild pitch unearned, turning the game into a 7-3 outing in favor for the Cyclones.

Brianna Weilbacher, came in for the seventh inning, looking to close the game for the Cyclones and Hylen who had pitched a good outing.

In one inning, she got the save by striking out the three remaining batters for the win.

The Cyclones came back from a 3-1 deficit and turned the game into a final innings showdown winning 7-3 before facing the Mean Green again.


The Cyclones and Mean Green rested for a while after their seven-inning showdown.

Pitcher Savannah Sanders took over for the Cyclones on the mound for this competition.

The game started with the Cyclones getting on bases, but not being able to get any runners in.

The Mean Green started the same in regular form to the first game, scoring first on the top of the first, Nicole Ochotnicki singled to the right field, scoring in Katie Clark unearned.

Cyclones responded in the top of the third.

Kaylee Bosworth reached on an error by the third baseman, advancing Sally Woolpert and scoring in Sydney Stites unearned.

Antillon would be hit by the pitch, advancing Caudle and Bosworth, scoring in Woolpert.

North Texas then responded in the next inning, Ochonicki would double to the center field wall, advancing to third after an error on Stites, scoring in Lindsay Gregory.

Sam Rea would then single down the right-field line, scoring in Ochonicki, placing the score 3-2 favor of the Mean Green.

The Cyclones will once again answer on the fourth inning, when Nearad doubled to left center scoring in Stites.

Bosworth would also double to right center, scoring in Woolpert and Nearad already on second base. Leaving the score 5-3.

North Texas would then get back on top after Lacey Gregory homered to center field, scoring in Gregory and Clark, along with Hanna Rebar’s homer to left field, scoring in Ochotnicki again.

Makawe would then hit a solo homerun to get the score 9-5 for the Mean Green.

The Cyclones heading into the fifth inning, would have Konz score after an error on North Texas’ shortstop. Placing the scorecard 9-6 still in the Green’s favor.

This marking the end of the day’s scoring.

The Cyclones and Mean Green split on this doubleheader.

Iowa State will now head to Arkansas for the Wooo Pig Classic at Fayetteville, Arkansas this Friday, March 16.