ISU softball pitches shutout against Utah State in opener


Brian Achenbach/Iowa State Daily

Freshman pitcher Katie Johnson winds up to throw the ball during Iowa State’s 6-6 tie with Iowa on April 23 at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Umpires called the game off due to darkness.

Garrett Kroeger

The ISU softball team got defensive against Utah State to kick off the season.

The Cyclones were able to shut out the Aggies 3-0 Feb. 6 at Bergstrom Football Complex. Iowa State held Utah State scoreless with the strength of tough defense when Aggie runners were in scoring position.

The Cyclones were led on defense by pitcher Katie Johnson. Johnson did not relinquish any runs against Utah State, which was the biggest factor in the win. Johnson allowed only six hits in a complete-game effort, tallying four strikeouts.

On offense, the Cyclones were able to score in the first, second and fifth innings. Junior Brittany Gomez crossed home plate first by way of Lexi Slater’s sacrifice fly. Gomez also scored the third and final run, which was driven in by catcher Rachel Hartman. The other ISU player to score was outfielder Kelsey McFarland, who scored on a wild pitch.

The Cyclones play twice Feb. 7 at the Bergstrom Football Complex. Iowa State squares off in a rematch against Utah State at 12:00 p.m. and South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m.