Softball team finishes 1-3 at Big 4 Fall Tournament


Korrie Bysted/Iowa State Daily

Brittany Gomez hits the ball at the game on sunday may 4 against baylor.

Kevin Horner

After splitting the pair of games on Oct. 4, the ISU softball team finished the Big 4 Fall Tournament with two losses Oct. 5.

Iowa State concluded the tournament with a record of 1-3 after falling first to Northern Iowa 2-9 and then Drake 2-3.

Northern Iowa 

The Cyclone bats could not overcome the pitching of Northern Iowa’s freshman Hope Koerperich, who pitched all seven innings and only surrendered only two runs off seven hits. 

Senior first baseman Jorden Spendlove brought in both of the Cyclone runs on RBIs in the second and sixth inning.

Freshman Bri Weilbacher started the game on the mound for the Cyclones but was pulled from the game in the third inning after giving up six runs off eight hits. 

Later in the inning, the Panthers broke the game open bringing in five of their eventual nine runs.

Senior Paris Imholz finished the game on the mound for the Cyclones, conceding three runs in four-and-a-third innings of work.


Sophomore Katie Johnson led the Cyclones’ defense in a defensive battle early on against the Bulldogs. 

The game was scoreless until Drake broke the deadlock on an RBI single from sophomore Kaitlyn Finneran in the top of the fourth inning.

The Cyclones answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning as Lexi Slater scored off of a misplayed infield pop fly hit by sophomore Rachel Hartman.

After Drake regained the lead by adding a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, the Cyclones couldn’t quite find the answer. A late rally in the bottom of the seventh fell just short as senior third baseman Nychole Antillon drove in a run on an RBI double but was left stranded on second base to end the ballgame.

Katie Johnson pitched a complete game surrendering only three runs on seven hits. Due to the pitching of Drake senior Rebekah Schmidt, Johsnon still recorded the loss.

Iowa State will continue its fall season with a weekend doubleheader against Iowa Central Community College at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Cyclone Sports Complex.