SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Iowa State (13-9) hit a season-high three home runs to defeat Cal Poly (4-18), 8-2, on Sunday in the finale of the ShareSLO Mustang Classic. The Cyclones closed out the tournament with a 4-1 record on the weekend.
Junior Logan Schaben was phenomenal, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs, four RBI’s and three runs scored. It marked the first-ever multi-home run game for the native of Portsmouth, Iowa, and set a new career high for RBI’s in a game.
Schaben is the first Cyclone with a multi-home run game since Sami Williams had a pair of solo homers on March 13, 2018 vs. UT Arlington.
Iowa State 8, Cal Poly 2
The Mustangs scratched out the first run of the game, jumping on the Cyclones early. Noa Yakir led-off the bottom of the first inning with a double to left center. The senior later scored an unearned run, as Hailey Martin collected an RBI on a ground out.
Kaylee Bosworth helped flip the script, opening the top of the second by driving a lead-off double down the left field line. Taylor Nearad later singled and advanced on the throw to put Cyclone runners on second and third with two outs.
Schaben then dug in and launched a three-run shot out of the park at Bob Janssen Field to give the Cyclones a 3-1 lead. It was Schaben’s second home run of the season. Iowa State added to its lead with a Bosworth RBI base hit in the top of the third inning, scoring Sami Williams from second.
Cal Poly cut the lead to 4-2 on an RBI double by Noa Yakir in the home half of the third. However, Bosworth caught Yakir too far off third base and threw down to Williams, who applied the tag to help get the Cyclones out of trouble.
Schaben kept the offense rolling, crushing a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning to extend the Cyclone advantage to 5-2. It marked the first multi-home run game of Schaben’s career and the first by a Cyclone since Williams had a pair of solo homers on March 13, 2018 vs. UT Arlington.
Nearad got in on the fun in the top of the sixth, crushing a solo home run of her own to make it a 6-2 lead. Hannah Carter helped tack on later in the inning with an RBI single down the left field line, scoring Schaben to put ISU ahead 7-2. The final Cyclone run of the day came across on an RBI single to left field by Williams in the eighth frame.
Freshman pitcher Shannon Mortimer picked up the win to improve to 4-2 on the season. Mortimer went 4.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. Mortimer exited in the bottom of the fifth, and senior Emma Hylen sealed the deal in dominant fashion. Hylen picked up her first save of the season, putting in 3.0 innings of scoreless relief work while allowing just one hit.
Iowa State is back in action next weekend at the Easton Invitational on Cal State Fullerton’s campus in Fullerton, Calif. The Cyclones open the tournament on Friday at 1:30 p.m. CT vs. DePaul.