ORLANDO, Fla. – Iowa State (5-5) fell 6-3 in extra innings to FAU (3-5) on the final day of the Knights Classic at the UCF Softball Complex.
FAU 6, Iowa State 3 (8 innings)
The Cyclones scratched out the first run of the day in the home half of the third inning. Junior Skyler Ramos drew a one-out walk, and was later able to advance two bases on a Florida Atlantic miscue. Carli Spelhaug hit a hard ground ball to the Owl third baseman, who attempted to throw out the lead runner in Ramos at second. The errant throw ricocheted off Ramos and into the outfield, allowing Spelhaug to take second base and put Ramos on third.
Senior Sami Williams then came to the plate and got the job done to put Iowa State on the board. Williams collected an RBI on a ground ball to second base, allowing Ramos to slide in safe at home, giving the Cyclones an early 1-0 advantage.
The same section of the lineup came through again in the bottom of the fifth. Ramos once again gave Iowa State a spark with a one-out walk. Spelhaug then ripped a single through the right side, as the speedy Ramos went from first to third. Head coach Jamie Pinkerton then called for a double steal, and Ramos once again showed off her wheels, sliding in safe at home to make it a 2-0 ISU advantage.
FAU knotted the game at 2-2 in the ensuing inning thanks to a Fayth Davis two-run home run to left center.
Extra innings would be Iowa State’s undoing. FAU took its first lead of the day on a Jolie Duffner RBI single to left field, scoring Ashleigh Jennings. A wild pitch two batters later allowed Sommer Baker to score from third, putting the Cyclones in a 4-2 hole. The Owl offense kept its momentum rolling, picking up RBI base hits from Rachel Tarpley and Sara Berthiaume to make it a 6-2 hole.
Starting pitcher Karlie Charles exited midway through the eighth, as fellow freshman Ellie Spelhaug took the circle. However, Charles would return later in the inning as the Owl offense began to click. Charles finished the day with 7.1 innings of work, allowing four earned runs with four strikeouts.
Iowa State is back in action next weekend at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C. The Cyclones open the tournament on Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT vs. Elon.