Cyclones rebound with two wins in second day of Spring Break Tournament


Senior Stacy Roggentien, right-handed pitcher, winds up for the pitch. Iowa State softball won both games against the Kirkwood Eagles on Oct. 18 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

Ryan Leon

The ISU softball team rebounded from a rough start this weekend with a stellar pitching performance against Massachusetts.

ISU pitcher Stacy Roggentien pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout, giving the Cyclones a much needed win. Roggentien was extremely efficient, giving up only two walks and striking out four against 25 batters.

The Cyclones also brought the run support early in the game. Junior centerfielder Brittany Gomez scored by herself in the first inning. Gomez singled to begin the inning, then stole second on the next pitch. She would advance to third on a wild pitch from Massachusetts pitcher Caroline Raymond. Gomez would eventually score via another wild pitch from Raymond.

The Cyclones weren’t finished there. They had a great opportunity to score with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. They managed to score one run when Gabby Voulgaris was hit by a pitch, bringing Jordan Spendlove home for a 2-0 lead. That run would prove to be the decider, as Roggentien continued to deliver an excellent outing.

Massachusetts had a chance to tie in the fifth, as Taylor Carbone opened the inning with a single. Gianna Hathaway lined out to first for the first out. Roggentien walked the next batter, Caitlyn Hickey, and then surrendered a single to Bridget Lemire to load the bases. Iowa State showed extreme resilience though, forcing an inning ending double play to get out of the jam.

The Cyclones showcased their speed throughout the game as well. Iowa State swiped six bases and buckled down the defense, not allowing a single stolen base from Massachusetts .

The Cyclones were coming off a 5-1 win against St. Joseph’s earlier in the morning. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after a Lexi Slater RBI double and never looked back as their strong pitching carried them to a win.

ISU pitcher Brianna Weilbacher pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and only one run. Weilbacher also overcame a bases loaded jam in the second inning to preserve the lead.

Slater struck again in the third, bringing home Cathlin Bingham to extend the lead to 3-0. Maddie Reese put the exclamation mark on the victory with a two-run homerun in the fifth, her seventh homerun of the season.

St. Joseph’s scored in the seventh, but never got anything going as the Cyclones finished the game with a 5-1 victory.

Iowa State will attempt to finish the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament on a high note with its final game against Rutgers at 8 a.m. March 15.