STANFORD, Calif.. – Sophomore pitcher Tatum Ksiazek led Iowa State (3-5) to a 3-2 win over Portland State (3-5) on Sunday at the Demarini Invitational. Ksiazek, a transfer from Marshall making her Cyclone debut, gave up no runs and no hits with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings of relief work to earn the win.
Iowa State 3, Portland State 2
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead, plating a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI double to center field by Alexxis Ponce. However, Taylor Nearad pulled the Cyclones even in the ensuing frame. The senior crushed a solo home run over the right field fence at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium to tie the game at 1-1.
PSU regained the lead with an RBI single up the middle by Darian Lindsey in top of the second. Once the run came across, Ksiazek entered to pitch for the Cyclones in relief of starter Emma Hylen. The native of Bondurant, Iowa was simply phenomenal out of the bullpen, baffling the Viking batters over the next six innings.
On offense, Kaylee Bosworth led-off the home half of the second by lacing a single through the left side. Junior Logan Schaben then stepped into the box and launched a two-run bomb to center field, giving Iowa State its first lead of the day. Schaben’s homer was her first, and Iowa State’s fifth, of the season.
Ksiazek and the Cyclone defense locked up the Viking hitters from that point forward. The sophomore did not allow a hit in 5.2 innings of action, while tallying a collegiate career-high six strikeouts. She also got a tremendous effort from her defense, including a highlight reel diving grab by Nearad in center field to rob a hit in the sixth inning.
Iowa State closed out the Demarini Invitational with a 2-1 record after having two games canceled on Friday.
The Cyclones will travel to Charleston, S.C. to compete in the Holy City Showdown, hosted by College of Charleston. Iowa State opens the tournament on Friday at 11:15 a.m. CT vs. Marshall.