ARLINGTON, Texas – Sami Williams hit two home runs on Tuesday to lead Iowa State (14-12) to a 2-1 victory over UT Arlington (9-12). The sophomore slugger went 3-for-3 on the day and recorded the second multi-home run game of her career and ISU’s first this season.
Williams has now hit four home runs in her last five games and leads the Cyclones with six dingers this year. Iowa State has now won three-consecutive true road contests after opening the season 0-5 in such games.
Iowa State 2, UT Arlington 1
The two teams combined for just one hit in the first two innings of what would become a pitcher’s dual at Allan Saxe Field. Cyclone senior hurler Brianna Weilbacher got the start and was tremendous opposite UTA ace Joanna Valencia.
Williams, who had already collected the lone hit of the day to that point, broke up the 0-0 tie with a bang, crushing a solo home run to left center in the top of the third inning. However, Iowa State’s one-run advantage was short-lived, as the Mavericks answered back in the home half of the frame.
With a strong wind blowing left to right, UTA right fielder Bri Burchianti responded with a solo home run that just cleared the fence and tucked just fair to knot the contest at 1-1. Weilbacher bounced back and finished out an excellent performance in the circle for Iowa State. She gave up just one run on three hits with six strikeouts in 7.0 for her fifth complete game of the season.
Williams was at it again in the top of the sixth inning, crushing another solo shot to right field with one out, rounding the bases for her second career multi-home run game. That shot would prove to be the game-winner.
Iowa State worked out of a jam with runners on the corners in the sixth, and Weilbacher struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to lock up ISU’s third consecutive victory.
Iowa State will travel north to Denton, Texas to take on North Texas on Wednesday. The Cyclones and Mean Green are slated for a doubleheader, with game one set to begin at 12 p.m.