AMES, Iowa – Freshman Kasey Simpson tied a single-game program record with seven RBI on Tuesday to lead Iowa State (19-15, 1-5 Big 12) to a 9-1 run-rule victory over South Dakota (22-17, 5-1 Summit).
Simpson was the story of the day, finishing a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate with two home runs and seven total RBI, tying the school record set by Erica Miller on March 2, 2013 vs. St. John’s. Kaylee Bosworth also had a perfect hitting day, going 3-of-3 with a home run and three runs scored.
Shannon Mortimer had herself a day, pitching all five innings while giving up only five hits and one run. Mortimer also netted four strikeouts on the day, giving her win number five on the season.
Iowa State 9, South Dakota 1
The Cyclones got three quick outs on superb infield defense by Sami Williams and Simpson, who had two double plays on the day. Taylor Nearad then got the offense started in the home half of the first with a hit to shallow left, followed by a Bosworth single.
After a Sally Woolpert walk, the bases were loaded with Simpson up at the plate. The freshman started her historic day in style by crushing a grand slam, her first career home run, over the fence in left field.
Bosworth joined in the fun in the bottom of the third inning, crushing a ball over the left field fence to put Iowa State up 5-0 going into the fourth.
Simpson continued her dominance on the day, adding her second home run in the bottom half of the fourth on a solo shot to put the Cyclones up 6-0. Williams then collected a double, sending Kirsten Caudlehome, which made the Cyclone lead 7-0 going into the fifth.
South Dakota broke-up the shutout by capitalizing on an Iowa State error, plating one run in the top of the fifth. However, Simpson wasn’t done yet. Bosworth started the bottom of the fifth with a single, followed by a Sally Woolpert double down the right field line. On the 2-0 pitch, Simpson hit a hard grounder up the middle sending Bosworth and Woolpert home to win the game for the Cyclones with the final score 9-1.
The Cyclones will play in-state foe Drake on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The game will be broadcast by Cyclones.tv.