Iowa State edges Jayhawks, 1-0
AMES, Iowa – After six and half scoreless innings in the series opener, Iowa State was able to push a run across and edge Kansas, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
A pitcher’s duel went on for six innings as both starting pitchers tossed scoreless frame after scoreless frame. Neither squad was able to get a runner past second base until the final frame when the Cyclones (21-32, 4-12) loaded the bases and was able to score the go ahead run. Kansas’ (24-26, 3-12 Big 12) loss to Iowa State snapped a 13-game winning streak over ISU dating back to 2012.
“Before the weekend started, my thought was we were going to be to equally matched teams battling it out and today showed that,” said head coach Megan Smith. “It came down to one run and unfortunately it wasn’t us. Both pitchers threw extremely well and they were able to scrape one together.”
Kansas threatened to take the lead in the opening frame, but KU’s go ahead runner was stranded in scoring position, ending the threat. Iowa State followed suit and got the go ahead runner aboard with an error, but was thrown out at third base for the final out of the inning.
KU starter Alexis Reid tossed a 1-2-3 second inning before Iowa State was able to get another runner on base in the third frame. With a runner in scoring position, the Cyclones got their first hit of the game and it looked like ISU would take the lead. However, junior outfielder Mikayla Warren gunned the lead runner down at home plate, keeping the game scoreless after three innings.
Reid dropped to 14-17 in the circle after throwing her 20th complete game of the season. She struck out four batters in six and two-thirds inning of work. She gave up one earned run and five hits.
In the bottom of the fourth, ISU reached first base on a throwing error, but was thrown out trying to advance to second base. Following the first out, the Cyclones got the go ahead run on board with a bunt single. The Jayhawks quickly recorded the final two outs of the inning and the game remained scoreless after four frames.
Warren recorded the first base hit for Kansas to start the top of the fifth. The junior was stranded at first base as the Cyclones halted KU’s threat. In the bottom half of the inning, ISU also got the go ahead runner on board, but she remained at first base as another scoreless frame came to a close.
Senior Lily Behrmann bunted her way on base in the sixth, good for KU’s second hit of the game. Behrmann moved into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but a diving catch in left field ended the top half of the inning before Behrmann could touch home plate.
ISU catcher Kaylee Bosworth led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bosworth moved to third base on a wild pitch, giving Iowa State’s go ahead runner 60 feet away. A walk and a bunt single loaded the bases with Cyclones before a fielder’s choice brought home the winning run.
The Jayhawks continue their series at Iowa State on Saturday, May 6 at Cyclone Sports Complex. The game will air on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
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