Iowa State softball splits on first day of Marucci Desert Classic


Pitcher Brianna Weilbacher on Feb. 12, 2016. 

Ivan Vega

Cyclones score big in first win

Iowa State picked up its first win of the Marucci Desert Classic after a long seven-inning game in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Iowa State defeated Boise State 7-2 in the first game of a double-header.

The Cyclones were tied at the end of the second inning after errors plagued the Broncos’ infielders. Hannah Carter scored an unearned run after Sami Williams caused an error, as did Taylor Nearad caused by Sydney Stites.

The Cyclones heated back up in the bottom of the third when Cara Beatty singled up the middle to get the RBI. Williams scored on the play.

Nychole Antillon singled through the right side for two RBI’s, scoring Beatty and Stites.

The last of the scoring came off the bottom off the sixth inning when Beatty and Talyn Lewis were walked, allowing Carter and Nearad to score again for the Cyclones.

Emma Hylen pitched all seven innings, allowing only six hits and two runs. She also had five strikeouts is now 2-1 on the season.

Cyclones fall to Long Beach State

After a promising start to the second game of the Marucci Desert Classic, the Cyclones fell to Long Beach State, 3-1.

The Cyclones were led by Brianna Weilbacher in the second game, but was pulled after 3.1 innings. The senior was replaced by Savannah Sanders. Julie Lewis then took over for Sanders. 

Weilbacher gave up one run in the bottom of the second and another two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Weilbacher ended with the loss on her record, falling two 1-2 on the season.

In the top of the seventh, Williams homered to right center for the only score for Iowa State. 

The Cyclones had four hits this game, but failed to convert them into runs. Along with errors from the infield including two from Stites. 

Iowa State is 1-1 so far in the tournament. The Cyclones will continue their competition in Las Vegas on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. against BYU, and then Nevada at 5:45 p.m.