PHOENIX, Ariz. – The No. 25 Iowa State softball team (13-2) wrapped up the GCU Purple Classic with a decisive 13-7 win against GCU (6-9) at the GCU Softball Stadium on Sunday.
With the win, Iowa State finished 4-1 at the GCU Purple Classic including a pair of wins against both Portland State and Grand Canyon.
No. 25 Iowa State 13, Grand Canyon 7
The Lopes wasted no time getting the scoring started in this one as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning on two infield hits and two Cyclone errors.
The Cyclone offense was quick to answer, exploding for nine runs in the top of the second inning. Lea Nelson got the scoring started with a 2-RBI single to center field to tie the game. Skyler Ramos followed that up with a RBI triple to deep left center field, giving Iowa State the lead. The Cyclones would also collect runs in the inning on RBI singles from freshmen Milaysia Ochoa and Camille Marin, as well as a 2-RBI double that hugged the left field line by Alesia Ranches.
In the bottom half of the inning, GCU would respond with four runs of their own to cut the Iowa State lead to three, giving the Cyclones a 9-6 advantage.
In the third inning, the teams traded runs as Sami Williams would score Carli Spelhaug on a RBI base hit up the middle. GCU responded with a RBI single of their own by Tabitha Dyer, making the score 10-7.
Iowa State would add two more insurance runs in the top of the fourth. Carli Spelhaug plated the first run on a base hit to left. Sami Williams would follow that up by reaching on a GCU error, scoring Nelson, and building the Cyclone lead to 12-7.
The final Iowa State run came in the top of the seventh off of a RBI double by Ochoa to deep center field, scoring Mikayla Ramos from third and giving Iowa State the 13-7 win.
Sophomore Karlie Charles was lights out in relief for the Cyclones, as she pitched the final 5.0 innings for Iowa State. Charles didn’t allow a run on 3 hits and struck out 3 GCU batters.
Iowa State will take the field again next weekend at the UT-Arlington Boerner Invitational. The Cyclones will take on North Texas on Friday at 4:30pm CT.