AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (22-25, 3-9 Big 12) took down in-state foe Iowa (19-25, 5-11 Big Ten), 4-2 at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Wednesday in the annual Cy-Hawk game. The win scores Iowa State two points in the 2018 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, cutting Iowa’s lead to 13-12 with the academics point yet to be awarded.
Pitcher Emma Hylen was tremendous, going all 7.0 innings while allowing just two runs on five hits, including six-straight scoreless frames. Syndey Stites went 2-of-3 at the plate with a run and Taylor Nearad notched a two-RBI double to key ISU’s offense.
Iowa State 4, Iowa 2
The Hawkeyes came out of the gates fast to open Wednesday’s rivalry battle. The first two batters of the game reached base, starting with a single for Lea Thompson, followed by a walk for Aralee Bogar. The runners were moved over on a fly ball, and clean-up hitter Angela Schmiederer capitalized with a two-RBI single through the right side, giving the Hawkeyes an early 2-0 lead.
Iowa State responded in kind, plating a pair of runs in the home half of the frame. With two outs, Sally Woolpert drew a walk, and Nychole Antillon notched the first ISU hit of the game on a single up the middle. The duo advanced on a wild pitch from Iowa ace Allison Doocy. Junior Taylor Nearad then stepped to the plate and launched a two-RBI double to left center. It was her team-leading 15th double of the season, tying the game at 2-2.
Following Iowa’s big opening inning, Hylen and the Cyclone defense put the clamps on the Hawkeye offensive attack. The visitors were held scoreless over the final six innings, with Hylen surrendering just three hits during that span.
Sydney Stites started the bottom of the third inning with a single to third base, followed by yet another walk for Woolpert to put the Cyclones in scoring position. Antillon then reached on an Iowa throwing error that careened into right field, allowing Stites to round third and score, giving Iowa State its first lead of the day. Kaylee Bosworth later notched an RBI on a sacrifice fly, scoring Woolpert to put the Cyclones ahead, 4-2.
Schmiederer looked to aid an Iowa rally with a lead-off triple to open the top of the sixth inning. Hylen, backed by a solid defensive effort, worked out of the jam with three consecutive ground balls. The Cyclones were able to hold the runner at third, preserving Iowa State’s two-run lead, and ultimately propelling ISU to a Cy-Hawk victory.
Iowa State is back in action at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Friday at 4 p.m. The Cyclones are set for game one of their three-game series vs. Baylor.