OMAHA, Neb. – Iowa State (28-18, 4-8 Big 12) defeated Omaha (4-37, 2-10 Summit) in extra innings, 13-6, on Wednesday at Westside Field. The Cyclones hit four home runs in the outing to tie for the second-most in a single game in program history.
Iowa State exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away from a pesky Mavericks squad. Sami Williams went 3-for-3 on the day with a home run and three runs scored, and reached base safely in all five plate appearances. Kaylee Bosworth, Sally Woolpert and Logan Schaben also hit home runs to propel ISU’s terrific offensive performance.
Iowa State 13, Omaha 6
The Cyclones scratched out the first run of the game in the top of the first. Williams notched a lead-off single to open the game, and then stole second. She would score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Bosworth to put the Cyclones ahead, 1-0.
Omaha churned out two runs on two hits in the home half of the frame to go ahead 2-1 after one inning of play.
Iowa State answered by exploding for three home runs in the home top of the third inning. Williams got things started with a two-run bomb to left center, scoring Kirsten Caudle to regain the lead at 3-2. Bosworth and Woolpert then followed suit, crushing back-to-back solo homers to put the Cyclones ahead, 5-2.
The Mavericks responded in kind, scoring three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the third, including a two-RBI double off the bat of Lauren Lauvetz. Emma Hylen entered in relief of starter Shannon Mortimermidway through the inning. Mortimer exited after 2.0 innings of work, allowing four runs on four hits.
Omaha regained the lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jamie White, scoring Emily Klosterman to give the Mavs a 6-5 lead.
Schaben evened the score by launching Iowa State’s fourth home run of the day on a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning. It was the first time Iowa State hit four home runs in a single game since April 15, 2014.
Iowa State put the game away with a seven-run top of the eighth inning. The Cyclones tallied eight hits total in the frame, and retook the lead on a bases-loaded, two-RBI double by Taylor Nearad. Bosworth, Mikayla Ramos and Jaclyn Chairez also picked up RBI’s in the inning to propel Iowa State to its fifth-straight victory.
Emma Hylen picked up the win to improve to 14-7 on the season, going 6.0 inning while giving up two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.
The Cyclones return home for a three-game series vs. No. 1 Oklahoma at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The series begins on Friday at 4 p.m.