IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa State (23-15) continued its winning ways with a 2-0 Cy-Hawk victory over Iowa (15-19) on Tuesday at Bob Pearl Field. The Cyclones are winners of five straight and have won four of their last five meetings against the in-state rival Hawkeyes.
Junior Sami Williams went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, and also drew a walk to lead the way offensively. Logan Schaben was 2-of-3 at the plate with two doubles and broke up a 0-0 tie with her two-out RBI shot down the left field line in the top of the sixth inning.
Iowa State 2, Iowa 0
Starting hurler Savannah Sanders was outstanding in her 13th start of the season. The native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., held the Hawkeye offense in check throughout her 4.0 innings of action, allowing just two hits while blowing through two 1-2-3 frames in the second and fourth innings.
Offensively, the early going was marked by frustration, as the Cyclones put runners on base in every inning, but were unable to come up with timely hitting. Iowa State left seven runners stranded through the first five innings, including six that were stuck in scoring position.
The Cyclones stayed the course however, and finally broke through against Iowa ace Allison Doocy in the top of the sixth inning. Talyn Lewis drew a lead-off walk to start the frame and was pinch-run for by the speedy Kirsten Caudle, who proceeded to steal second.
With two outs and Caudle in scoring position, junior Logan Schaben came through in the clutch. The native of Portsmouth, Iowa, roped an RBI double down the left field line, as Caudle raced home to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead.
Williams put an exclamation point on the Cyclone victory by crushing a solo home run to left center field in the top of the seventh, extending the lead to 2-0. It was Williams’ team-leading 11th home run of the season.
Hylen, who was dominant in 3.0 innings of relief action, slammed the door shut on Iowa State’s fifth-consecutive win. The senior improved to 11-5 on the season with the win, going 3.0 innings without surrendering a hit.
Iowa State will resume Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series against No. 16 Oklahoma State at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The series opens on Friday at 4 p.m. and will be televised live on Cyclones.tv. Admission is free to all home softball games at the Cyclone Sports Complex.