AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (26-18, 1-11 Big 12) closed out their 2021 home schedule by run-ruling Kansas City (24-19, 8-8 Summit), 8-0, in six innings.
Sophomore pitcher Ellie Spelhaug was dominant in the circle, pitching a complete game shutout while allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. Sister Carli Spelhaug went 3-of-3 at the plate, scoring three runs with one RBI, while Mikayla Ramos crushed a grand slam and tied a career high with five RBI on the day.
Iowa State 8, Kansas City 0
The Cyclones drew first blood early, manufacturing the game’s first run in the bottom of the opening inning. Sophomore Carli Spelhaug collected a lead-off single, and was moved over to third on a pair of ground outs. Freshman Milaysia Ochoa then came up with a two-out RBI single up the middle, scoring Spelhaug to put the Cyclones in front 1-0 after one.
Iowa State added to its lead two innings later when Skyler Ramos raced home to score on a ground out, extending the ISU lead to 2-0.
Mikayla Ramos busted the game open in the home half of the fifth. Base hits by Kasey Simpson and Sami Williams, to go with Carli Spelhaug being hit by pitch, loaded the bases with one out. Ramos then stepped to the plate and worked the count full before launching a grand slam to left center, clearing the bases to put Iowa State in front, 6-0.
Carli Spelhaug put the game away in the sixth, collecting a RBI base hit to score Ramos to make it 7-0 in favor of the Cyclones. The speedy sophomore then stole second and came all the way around to score on a throwing error by the Roo catcher to end the game, 8-0.
Ellie Spelhaug was in control from the get-go, allowing just five Kansas City base runners all day. She improved to 10-5 on the season with the win.
Iowa State will travel to Lubbock, Texas this weekend to take on Texas Tech in a three-game series. Game one is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.