ARLINGTON, Texas – No. 23 Iowa State (16-4) dropped a pair of games on Sunday to close out the UT Arlington Boerner Invitational. The Cyclones fell 3-1 to Missouri State (8-6) to open the day, followed by a 3-1 loss to Wichita State (10-2).
Missouri State 3, No. 23 Iowa State 1
Missouri State took advantage of a few Cyclones miscues to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Two walks and a wild pitch put runners on the corners with one out. A second wild pitch allowed Bailey Greenlee to race home from third. Following a third walk for the Bears, junior pitcher Shannon Mortimer entered in relief and got Iowa State out of trouble with back-to-back ground outs.
The Bears extended their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the second. A lead-off walk, followed by a stolen base, set the table for Kat Taylor, who collected the RBI single to score pinch runner Ashton Thomas.
Missouri State plated its final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Madison Hunsaker, putting the Bears in front 3-0.
The Cyclones got on the board in the top of the fifth. Pinch hitter Sarah Tyree drew a lead-off walk, followed by a steal by Alyssa Orr, who re-entered after Tyree’s walk. Senior Sami Williams then stepped to the plate and roped a RBI double to center field, scoring Orr to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Williams’ double was the 70th of her career, tied for 10th in NCAA DI history in the category. She is the first player to reach 70 career doubles since 2018 (Lea Foerster – Michigan State).
However, that was it for a Cyclone offense that struggled to gain traction against the Missouri State pitching staff. Hunsaker got the win for the Bears, going 3.0 innings in relief while allowing just one hit.
Wichita State 3, No. 23 Iowa State 1
Another pitcher’s duel ensued in game two of the day. Cyclone starter Karlie Charles and WSU’s Bailey Lange were excellent from the get-go, as the game remained scoreless through the first 4.5 innings.
The Shocker offense broke through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Camryn Compton tallied a lead-off double to left center, and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt. Jessica Garcia gave WSU the lead with a RBI single to center. Following another Shocker base hit, Ellie Spelhaug entered to relieve Charles in the circle.
With two outs, Madison Perrigan drove in two more runs with a triple to center field, extending the Wichita State lead to 3-0.
Logan Schaben looked to spark a Cyclone comeback with a lead-off home run in the top of the seventh, but Lange closed out the complete game victory to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Iowa State will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Mizzou Tournament March 12-14. The Cyclones open the tournament on Friday at 12:30 p.m. CT vs. Drake.