WACO, Texas – Iowa State (24-18, 2-8 Big 12) took down Baylor (17-25, 2-12 Big 12), 4-1, in the series-opener on Thursday evening at Getterman Stadium. It’s Iowa State’s first win over the Lady Bears since April 25, 2015.
Kaylee Bosworth went 3-of-4 at the plate with a two-run home run to lead Cyclone offense. Senior Emma Hylen was dominant in the circle, holding the Lady Bears to just four hits in the complete game win.
Iowa State 4, Baylor 1
Bosworth gave the Cyclones a jump-start to open the series. The senior, playing in her home state of Texas, crushed a two-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning to give the Cyclones an early 2-0 lead. It was Bosworth’s seventh home run of the season to rank second on the team and tie her 2018 season total.
Iowa State added to its lead in the top of the third. Junior Sami Williams led-off the frame by ripping her school-record 50th career double into right field. Bosworth later singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Senior Sally Woolpert then came to the plate and dropped an RBI single into shallow left field, scoring Williams to extend the ISU lead to 3-0.
The Lady Bears broke through in the home half of the fourth inning, plating their lone run of the game on an RBI single by Madi O’Neal. However, Hylen was tremendous under pressure, working her way out of trouble to leave a pair of BU runners stranded, preserving the 3-1 lead.
The Cyclones got the run back in the top of the fifth, drawing three walks in the frame, included a bases-loaded walk for Talyn Lewis. The free pass scored Taylor Nearad from third base to put Iowa State ahead 4-1.
Hylen and the defense locked down Baylor from that point forward. The native of Roseville, Minn., retired the final 10 Baylor batters in order to secure ISU’s first win over BU since 2015. Hylen went all 7.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts on the night.
The Cyclones and Lady Bears return to Getterman Stadium for game two of the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. With a win, Iowa State can notch its first series victory over Baylor since 2003.