AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (18-15, 1-5 Big 12) dropped its series finale to No. 15 Texas Tech (29-6, 2-4 Big 12), 8-4, on Sunday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The Cyclones got a solo home run from junior Sami Williams and a 2-for-3 outing from freshman Mikayla Ramos, but were unable to upset the Red Raiders.
No. 15 Texas Tech 8, Iowa State 4
The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ramos drew lead-off walk, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. ISU then took advantage of a Texas Tech error, as Bryn Hanrahan reached first and Ramos rounded third and scored on the TTU miscue.
TTU knotted the game at 1-1 in the top of the third on an obstruction call at the plate, but the Cyclones responded in the home half of the frame. Junior Sami Williams crushed a lead-off home run to left center to put Iowa State back in front, 2-1. It was Williams’ third home run of the weekend after smashing a pair of dingers in ISU’s 6-5 victory over the Red Raiders on Saturday.
Back-to-back home runs by Zoey Jones and Kelcy Leach allowed Texas Tech to take its first lead of the day at 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning. The Red Raiders asserted their control further, plating another run on a Cyclone throwing error later in the frame. The lead was extended to 6-2 on a Breanna Russell RBI double in the top of the fifth.
The Cyclones refused to go away quietly, rallying for two runs in the home half of the sixth. Ramos singled to start off the inning, and Talyn Lewis was hit by pitch. The duo was eventually moved over to second and third on a wild pitch by TTU’s starter Missy Zoch.
Left fielder Bryn Hanrahan then stepped to the plate and delivered with a two-RBI single through the left side to cut the deficit to 6-4. The Cyclones loaded the bases and appeared ready to do more damage until TTU right fielder Peyton Blythe made a spectacular diving play to rob Kaylee Bosworth of what looked to be a sure extra-base hit.
Texas Tech added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a base hit by Jones, and would hold on to win, 8-4.
Iowa State will be back in action at the Cyclone Sports Complex on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT vs. South Dakota. Attendance is free at all ISU home softball games at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The game will also be broadcast live on Cyclones.tv.