PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Iowa State softball team (9-8) won a nine-inning thriller on Sunday, 2-1 over South Dakota (13-7), on a Kaylee Bosworth walk-off sacrifice fly to wrap up the Lopes Up Classic.
Senior Emma Hylen was outstanding, putting in 9.0 innings of work without allowing an earned run. The native of Roseville, Minn., gave up just five hits and notched five strikeouts in the win. Junior Sami Williams collected two more hits on the day, to close out a phenomenal weekend. Williams went 10-of-19 with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI’s and four runs scored in five games at the Lopes Up Classic.
Iowa State 2, South Dakota 1
Pitching and defense were on full display during Sunday’s battle at GCU Softball Stadium between Iowa State and South Dakota. Cyclone starter Emma Hylen had perhaps her strongest performance of the season.
Coyote ace Alexis Devers was similarly impressive, surrendering three hits in 6.0 innings of work before being replaced by Dustie Durham.
The game was scoreless until extra innings, when the international tiebreaker came into effect. South Dakota struck first, as Lauren Eamiguel reached on an ISU error, allowing Ashtyn Blakeman to race home from second base.
Freshman Mikayla Ramos came through in the clutch the knot the game at 1-1 in the following frame. Logan Schaben put down a perfect bunt to move runner Sydney Stites over to third, and with two outs, head coach Jamie Pinkerton called on Ramos to extend the game. The native of Riverside, Calif., answered by ripping a base hit up the middle, scoring Stites to tie the game.
Hylen then rose to the occasion once again, shutting the Coyotes down in the top of the ninth, logging her fifth strikeout of the day to send the Cyclones back to the plate with the score tied, 1-1.
With Taylor Nearad on second, Sally Woolpert put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to lead-off the frame. Senior Kaylee Bosworth then came to the plate and sent a fly ball to the warning track in center field, allowing the speedy Nearad to score from third easily for a walk-off sacrifice fly.
Hylen put in a complete game, going all 9.0 innings, giving up no earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts to improve to 4-3 on the year.
The Cyclones are back in action next weekend at the ShareSLO Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Iowa State opens the tournament on Friday at 12 p.m. CT vs. Utah State.