Iowa State softball continues its travel season to Las Vegas

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

The Iowa State softball team is headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the Marucci Desert Classic. The team looks to continue the momentum from the Kickin’ Chicken Classic.

The tournament won’t be an easy one for the Cyclones. They will face Boise State, Long Beach State, BYU, Nevada and San Jose State.

The Cyclones saw an amazing defensive performance last weekend with a .984 team fielding average. The team lacked on the offensive side after several scoring opportunities were not converted.

“We just didn’t do a good job of situational hitting,” said coach Jamie Pinkerton. “Definitely not hitting any panic buttons.”

The Cyclones failed to score in three games. The team will look to heat their bats up this weekend.

It was the Cyclones’ first weekend with their new head coach. It was also the first weekend the team got to play outside.

“Going to a different coast and facing a totally different type of softball,” Pinkerton said. 

The team will now travel to a different environment and will be facing completely different teams.

The Cyclones will take on Long Beach State and San Jose State. They are both 4-1 overall.

“This tournament is going to be tougher,” Pinkerton said.

Last weekend freshman infielder Cara Beatty saw five at-bats. She is returning to her hometown this weekend. 

“Honestly, it’s great to go home. I have a lot of family that’s going to be coming,” Beatty said. “Trust the process, keep working hard and the results will show.” 

Last weekend the pitchers all pitched a complete game. They look to continue the hot streak into this weekend.

“We are playing good teams this weekend. It will be good competition. We’ll be able to see where we are at,” said junior right-handed pitcher Savannah Sanders.

Sanders pitched seven innings and only gave up two runs last weekend against University of North Carolina Greensboro.

“I think it’s going to be a good year for sure,” Sanders said.