Cyclones overcome adversity in their doubleheader at the UTSA Classic

Garrett Kroeger

The ISU softball team faced adversity in its doubleheader at the UTSA Classic, but were ultimately able to overcome it.

To kick off their two-game set, the Cyclones squared off against Incarnate Word.

Incarnate Word opened the scoring in the second inning, but Iowa State answered when freshman Kelsey McFarland brought home junior Aly Cappaert.

Incarnate Word scored two more runs in the next two innings, taking a 3-1 lead.

The Cyclones then countered during the bottom of the fourth. McFarland brought home senior Jorden Spendlove and junior Brittany Gomez brought home both McFarland and freshman Nychole Antillon. Finally, senior Maddie Reese brought home Gomez.

The scoring did not stop there for the Cyclones. Spendlove hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning and Reese smashed a solo shot in the sixth.

Iowa State went on to beat Incarnate Word 8-4.

Next up for the Cyclones was the University of Texas-San Antonio and the game could be described accurately in one word — comeback.

The Cyclones scored their first run in the opening inning off of a Cappaert solo home run and the game went to the second frame tied 1-1.

In the second, things started to fall apart for the Cyclones as UTSA put up six runs.

Even though the game appeared likely to end as an ISU loss, the Cyclones worked to come back from that deficit.

In the fourth inning, the Cyclones cut the lead to two when McFarland hit her second grand slam of the season and made the score 7-5.

Then in the fifth, Iowa State regained the lead when sophomore Rachel Hartman, Spendlove, Antillon, junior Sammie Hildreth, and McFarland all reached home.

The Cyclones put up two more runs when senior Lexi Slater hit a two-run home run in the sixth.

Iowa State went on to beat the University of Texas-San Antonio 12-9 in what was the Cyclones’ largest comeback since 2012.

Iowa State can finish off the UTSA Classic with a 3-0 record when the team faces Southeastern Louisiana at 10 a.m. Feb. 20.