AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (28-20, 4-10 Big 12) fell in both games of a doubleheader to No. 1 Oklahoma (44-2, 14-0 Big 12) on Friday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
Junior Sami Williams went 3-for-6 with a double at the plate on the day for ISU, while Sydney Stitesand Taylor Nearad provided some pop to the lineup, both collecting a double and a home run to boost the Cyclone offense.
Oklahoma 8, Iowa State 3
The Sooner bats were on display early in game one, as OU piled up six runs in the top of the second inning. Oklahoma hit three home runs in the frame, including a grand slam off the bat of Jocelyn Alo to set the tone, putting Iowa State in a 6-0 hole.
Starting pitcher Savannah Sanders righted the ship admirably against the nation’s No. 1 offense from that point forward, holding the Sooners scoreless in the third and fourth innings.
The Cyclone offense got a spark in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on an OU throwing error. Nearad, who notched a lead-off double to open the frame, raced home from second on an error by third baseman Sydney Romero that allowed Talyn Lewis to reach base safely. Stites then came up with an RBI double, scoring Lewis to cut the deficit to 6-2.
OU plated two more runs in the top of the fifth, including a home run by Shay Knighten to make it an 8-2 Sooner lead.
Tatum Ksiazek relieved Sanders in the sixth inning and did not give the Sooners an inch. The sophomore held OU scoreless over the final two innings.
Stites made sure the Cyclones would not go away without a fight, crushing a solo home run into left center to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. However, that would be it for ISU as Oklahoma came away with an 8-3 victory in game one.
Oklahoma 9, Iowa State 2
Emma Hylen (14-8) was the Cyclones’ game two starter, and once again ran into OU’s high-powered offense in the top of the second inning. The Sooners tallied four runs on four hits to jump out to a 4-0 lead through two innings of play. Alo then hit her second home run of the day on a solo shot in the third to make it a 5-0 deficit.
Williams notched a base hit to left in the home half of the third, which brought Nearad to the plate. The Cyclone center fielder crushed a ball over the wall in right center for a two-run homer. It was the senior’s fourth home run of the season. Woolpert followed the homer with a double into right field, but the Cyclones were unable to capitalize, putting the OU lead at 5-2.
One Sooner run crossed home in the top of the fourth, and three more in the fifth, including a home run by Lynnsie Elam to make the score 9-2.
For the second time in as many games, Ksiazek took over in the circle in the top of the sixth and pitched a pair of hitless frames in relief. However, Iowa State was unable to get its offense into gear, falling 9-2 to close out the day.
The Cyclones and Sooners will return to the Cyclone Sports Complex on Sunday to play the series finale at noon.