CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Iowa State softball team (6-6) picked up a dominant 12-0 victory over Dartmouth (2-3) on Sunday in the finale of the Holy City Showdown. Iowa State notched a season-high 15 hits and got a one-hit gem from sophomore pitcher Tatum Ksiazek to improve to 3-1 at the tournament.
Freshman Mikayla Ramos went 2-of-4 at the plate and scored a team-high three runs, while Sally Woolpert was 3-of-3 at the dish with two RBI’s. Taylor Nearad also collected three base hits, two runs and an RBI on the day. Iowa State’s 12 runs were its most since March 17, 2018 vs. Tulsa.
Ksiazek went all 5.0 innings in the run-rule victory, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts on the day. Ksiazek, a transfer from Marshall, allowed just two base runners in the entire game.
Iowa State 12, Dartmouth 0
The Cyclones broke out with two big innings in Sunday’s win after scratching out just four runs in the first three games of this weekend’s tournament. Junior Sami Williams got things rolling with an RBI double in the top of the third, as speedster Hannah Carter raced home from first for the first run of the day. Carter went 2-of-2 with two walks, two stolen bases, two runs and an RBI.
Ramos then notched an RBI on an infield single, followed by Woolpert’s first RBI of the day on a base hit to left field, as the Cyclones jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Ksiazek, meanwhile, gave the Big Green batters trouble all day. Just one Dartmouth player reached base in the first four innings, via a Cyclone fielding error. Ksiazek struck out two and did not allow a single walk in the outing. The one-hitter was Iowa State’s second of the weekend, as senior Savannah Sanderslocked up Marshall in a 1-0 Cyclone victory in the tournament-opener. Ksiazek has not allowed a run in her 10.2 innings of action this season, while surrendering just one hit.
The Cyclones poured it on, plating nine more runs on eight hits in the top of the fifth to secure the win by run-rule. Iowa State was also aided by three Dartmouth errors in the frame. Kirsten Caudle, Logan Schaben, Carter, Nearad and Woolpert all notched RBI’s in the inning.
Iowa State will travel to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Lopes Up Classic hosted by Grand Canyon University. The Cyclones open the tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. vs. Northern Colorado.