Hot bats doom ISU softball against Kansas


Junior Brittany Gomez slides safely into second base during a game against Green Bay on April 29 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Garrett Kroeger

Kansas’ bats were too much to handle for Iowa State.

In the first, Kansas jumped to an early 1-0 lead.

Brittany Gomez opened up the batting for the Cyclones when she hit a double up the middle to center field, which gave her the all-time hit record at Iowa State with 217 hits in her career thus far. Unfortunately, Iowa State was not able to capitalize as it left Gomez on third base and senior Maddie Reese at second to close out the first.

The Cyclones tied the game up at one apiece in the second inning when Gomez hit an RBI single to bring home junior Sammie Hildreth. Scoring did not stop there for Iowa State as sophomore Caitlin Bingham scored on a wild throw.

The Iowa State 2-1 lead did not last long as Kansas senior third baseman Chanin Nadin slammed a three-run home run in the third to regain the lead at 4-2. After the home run, the Cyclones made a pitching change, sending in freshman Brianna Weilbacher for senior Stacy Roggentien.

The bleeding continued for Iowa State in the third, as Kansas tacked on another run to its lead. After the additional run, the Cyclones made their second pitching change of the inning as they replaced Weilbacher with sophomore Katie Johnson.

Kansas’ lead grew even more in the fourth as it added one more run to its lead. The Jayhawks tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to make the score 8-2.

Iowa State’s scoring drought ended in the fifth when junior Aly Cappaert slammed a solo home run over the right-field wall. Cappaert hit another solo home run in the seventh to cut the lead to seven.

The Cyclones ultimately fell to the Jayhawks 11-4.

Iowa State heads back to the diamond May 9 at noon to take on the Kansas.