ARLINGTON, Texas – Shortstop Sami Williams broke Iowa State’s all-time RBI record on Friday while leading the No. 23 Cyclones (15-2) to a pair of wins at the UT Arlington Invitational. The Cyclones defeated North Texas (9-4), 7-1, before an 8-2 win over UT Arlington (1-9) in the nightcap.
Williams hit a solo home run vs. UTA for her 150th career RBI, breaking the record of 149 previously set by Erica Miller (2010-13).
Freshman Milaysia Ochoa homered twice on the day, piling up six RBI of her own to pace the Cyclone offense.
No. 23 Iowa State 7, North Texas 1
The Cyclones came out of the gate fast at Allan Saxe Field, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Carli Spelhaug drew a lead-off walk, followed by a RBI double to right center by Sami Williams, allowing the speedy Spelhaug to score from first. Alesia Ranches and Kali Gose later collected back-to-back two-out RBI base hits to extend Iowa State’s lead to 3-0 after one.
Skyler Ramos collected a lead-off base hit in the second inning before Carli Spelhaug gave the ISU offense another boost. Spelhaug ripped a RBI double to left field, and Iowa State’s team speed was once again on display, as Ramos scored from first to put the Cyclones in front 4-0.
Starting pitcher Karlie Charles was excellent in the circle. The native of The Colony, Texas held UNT’s offense scoreless through the first four innings. She exited after 4.2 innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts.
Ellie Spelhaug would enter in relief and was in control. The sophomore went the final 2.1 innings without surrendering a hit to pick up her second save of the season.
After three scoreless innings, the Cyclone offense got back to work in the bottom of the sixth inning. Williams and Mikayla Ramos collected base hits with two outs before Ochoa hit her first home run of the day, a three run shot to right field to extend the ISU lead to 7-1.
No. 23 Iowa State 8, UT Arlington 2
The Mavericks struck first in game two, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. UTA drew three walks before Sophie Wideman picked up a RBI on a fielder’s choice. Ellie Spelhaug entered in relief with one out, but worked the Cyclones out of trouble, keeping it just a one-run deficit.
Iowa State responded quickly, exploding for six runs in the top of the second inning. Carli Spelhaug gave the Cyclones the lead with a two-RBI double to right center, followed by a sac fly from Williams to plate Skyler Ramos.
Ochoa then stepped to the plate and hit her second three-run home run of the day. Ochoa’s home run went over the Allan Saxe Field fence in left center, putting Iowa State in control 6-1.
Williams’ solo home run in the top of the fourth inning made it a 7-1 lead, and put the senior’s name atop yet another list in program history. The native of Laguna Niguel, Calif., is also Iowa State’s all-time leader in home runs, doubles and runs scored, while ranking No. 2 in career batting average.
Logan Schaben collected a RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that scored Ranches.
UT-Arlington scored once in the bottom of the seventh before Ellie Spelhaug slammed the door shut to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Iowa State is back at Allan Saxe Field on Saturday for day two of the UT Arlington Invitational, The Cyclones will face Texas A&M – Corpus Christi at 11:30 a.m. CT.