Iowa State softball gets clobbered by No. 19 Baylor


Brian Mozey/Iowa State Daily

The Iowa State softball team kneeled in a group and watched on as their starting pitcher Brianna Weilbacher was struck in the face with a softball. Iowa State would later win the game 8-7 against Eastern Illinois in extra innings on a walk-off win on Feb. 12. 

Curran Mclaughlin

The weather looked warm and bright Friday, but conditions felt near freezing with wind chill as evening set in.  The temperature seemed to reflect the efforts of the Iowa State softball team, which couldn’t find a groove playing that day.

The windy cold didn’t slow down No. 19 Baylor (29-7, 3-0 Big XII) however, as they breezed past the Iowa State softball team 16-4, winning by mercy rule.

The Cyclones couldn’t seem to get anything going on defense as they allowed 12 hits and walked seven batters. Baylor’s Jessie Scroggins led the charge with three hits, three runs and seven RBIs.

Baylor would score all five innings recording six runs in the top of the sixth.

Iowa State would cycle through almost its entire pitching staff in an attempt to stop Baylor from scoring. The Cyclones went through four pitchers with no success.

Iowa State would put starting pitcher Savannah Sanders back into the game in the fourth inning. Sanders, who pitched 2.1 innings gave up six hits, nine runs and walked three batters.

Iowa State did show signs of life on offense at the bottom of the third.

With a second inning solo home run by catcher Sammie Hildreth, Iowa State was down 8-1 when coming back to the plate.

Slowly Iowa State loaded the bases.

Thanks to a pair of errors at home plate Iowa State was able to get runners Katie Dukes and Cathlin Bingham into home on separate plays.

A third run would come as Hildreth was hit by a pitch bringing in runner Jackie Chairez.

From there Baylor wouldn’t allow another run from the Iowa State offense, as the Baylor batters would score eight more runs leaving the Cyclones behind for good.

Iowa State and Baylor will play two more games this weekend as part of weekend series. The game will start at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the Cyclones Sports Complex.