Cyclones come up short once again against Iowa


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Iowa State senior Cathlin Bingham steps up to bat against Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cyclones would go on to grab their first Big 12 win by a score of 10-9.

Andy Stubblefield

IOWA CITY — The Iowa State softball team suffered another heartbreaking loss, but this time it stung a little worse, coming against in-state rival Iowa.

The Iowa and Iowa State softball teams wrapped up the 2016-17 Cy-Hawk series Tuesday in Iowa City with the Hawkeyes coming out on top by one run, 2-1.

“It was a tough game,” Sami Williams said. “It was just one of those games I just really wanted to win and I know the team wanted to win.”

Hylen, who entered the game with a 4.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts, earned her 10th start of the season.

The first Hawkeye batter reached base on a Cyclone error, but Iowa State was able to turn a double play the next batter. Cheyenne Pratt ran around second base and was caught in a rundown.

Iowa State struck first in the top of the second inning. Kelsey McFarland earned a walk to become the first base runner for the Cyclones. Kaylee Bosworth hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home McFarland.

Williams tied the Iowa State single-season doubles record with a blooper to left field in the top of the third inning. Williams currently leads all NCAA freshmen in doubles.

“She is actually our best player right now,” coach Jamie Trachsel said. “Her mentality is the same every day. She wants to be great.”

Iowa got on the board in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center field.

After being hit by a pitch and stealing a base, McFarland found herself on second base with one out. McFarland advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the Cyclones failed to bring her home in the fourth inning.

The fourth and fifth innings were scoreless for both squads, setting up an exciting finish in the last two innings.

The Cyclones were held scoreless once again in the top of the sixth inning, but the Hawkeyes were able to steal a run home in the bottom half of the inning.

Iowa State had Havyn Monteer caught in a rundown between third base and home but missed the tag at home plate, giving Iowa a 2-1 advantage heading into the final inning.

“We just let [Monteer] run home,” Trachsel said. “We threw the ball too late. We do rundowns every single day. It was just a misread by our third baseman.”

The Cyclones put on their rally caps in the top of the seventh inning as McFarland got things rolling with a short infield blooper to get on first base. Megan Schweitzer stepped in to pinch hit and delivered with a single.

Bosworth had a sacrifice bunt to advance runners to second and third base with one out. Kirsten Caudle lined out to left field for the second out of the inning. Jackie Chairez was walked to load the bases for Talyn Lewis.

The Cyclone rally fell short after Lewis had a hard-hit ball to third base, ending the game with a 2-1 win for the Hawkeyes.

“It’s always exciting being in those moments but it’s a bummer to come up short,” McFarland said. “We battled and it was a good game.”

The Hawkeyes had the Cy-Hawk series trophy locked up entering the game but added another point to their total to win the overall series 19-7.