Weilbacher breaks school record, Cyclone softball takes first game of Aggie Invitational


Pitcher Brianna Weilbacher delivers the first pitch in the second game of a doubleheader against Texas Tech on May 2, 2015.

Tara Larson

The Iowa State softball team kicked off its first day of play in Davis, California with a 1-0 lead. Iowa State (9-11) played Seton Hall (8-7-1) on Friday.

The Pirates fell 2-0, helping the Cyclones secure a win in their first game.

The Cyclones broke a school record during this game. Starting pitcher Brianna Weilbacher had 14 strikeouts, a new school record for strikeouts in a single game.

Weilbacher pitched each of the seven innings. She not only allowed zero runs, but only allowed one hit. The junior beat the previous record of 13, set in 2006, and broke her personal record of 11.

Weilbacher’s offense was key to helping the team remain successful. In the top of the fifth, Seton Hall had one runner on third base when Alexis Walkden hit a foul ball that looked as though it was headed out of the field of play. However, outfielder Cathlin Bingham raced to the wall to catch the flying ball and give the Cyclones their third out of the inning.

Offense secured the team’s win. In the third inning, Talyn Lewis hit a single RBI, bringing Bingham to home plate. Then in the fourth inning, Kristen Caudle did the same, bringing Sami Williams home.

The Cyclones continue play Saturday, when they face San Jose State at 11 a.m. and Seton Hall again at 1 p.m.