LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State (20-24, 2-8 Big 12) notched a 5-3 win over Texas Tech (21-23, 1-12 Big 12) in game one of a pivotal three-game conference series on Friday. Pitcher Emma Hylen had five strikeouts in a complete game victory for her ninth win of the season.
Sami Williams and Nychole Antillon each went 2-of-4 at the plate to lead the ISU offensive effort on a blustery day in Lubbock with a pitcher’s wind exceeding 30 mph.
Iowa State 5, Texas Tech 3
The Cyclones scratched out a three-run second inning to take an early in Friday’s series-opener. Antillon was the spark, sending a lead-off double down the right field line. Taylor Nearad followed up with a single up the middle, sending Antillon to third. A TTU throwing error allowed Antillon to score while Nearad advanced to third.
Logan Schaben then stayed hot at the plate and ripped an RBI double off the wall in left field, scoring Nearad to extend the ISU lead to 2-0. Schaben advanced to third on a ground ball later in the inning, and then raced home to score when TTU pitcher Erin Edmoundson sent a wild pitch to the backstop.
Texas Tech responded with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Edmoundson and Michaela Cochran notched back-to-back base hits to start the frame, and were moved over on a sacrifice bunt courtesy of Allison Knopp. Breanna Russell sent a two-RBI double to right center, cutting the ISU lead to 3-2 with one out. However, Hylen and the defense cut off TTU’s rally there, recording consecutive outs to strand Russell on third.
Hylen came through in the clutch in the following inning, with Texas Tech looking primed to tie the game after a one-out triple by Karli Hamilton. The junior hurler from Roseville, Minn., buckled down and notched back-to-back swinging strikeouts to get out of trouble and preserve the Cyclone lead.
The score remained 3-2 until the Cyclones added to their lead in the top of the seventh. Sami Williams ripped a one-out double to start the spurt, and was followed by an RBI double down the right field line for Stites, extending the ISU advantage to 4-2. Antillon later ripped a single up the middle, scoring Stites to put the Cyclones ahead 5-2.
The Red Raiders got a run back in the home half of the seventh, but Hylen and the Cyclones slammed the door shut to secure Iowa State’s second Big 12 win of the season.
The Cyclones and Red Raiders return to Rocky Johnson Field for game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.