ATLANTA, Ga. – Iowa State (10-9) dropped the final game of the I-75 Challenge, 1-0, at Georgia State (6-13) on Sunday.
Georgia State 1, Iowa State 0
The Cyclones came up on the wrong end of a pitchers dual to close the weekend. The Iowa State offense struggled to string hits together on Sunday at Heck Softball Complex. GSU pitcher Savannah Freeman had an excellent outing, putting together a complete game shutout while surrendering six hits.
ISU starter Janessa Jasoo did her part in the circle, going 4.1 innings while allowing just one run on three hits. She worked her way out of a jam in the fourth inning to preserve a 0-0 tie for a time. The Panthers put runners on second and third with one out before Jasso induced a pair of hard-hit ground balls to the hot corner, and third baseman Logan Schaben had her back. The native of Portsmouth, Iowa held the runner at third and made both plays to get the Cyclones out of trouble.
A Skylar Mosel lead-off double to open the bottom of the fifth inning would prove costly. Mosel was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt, and would later come home on a fly out to score the lone run of the game. Jasso exited midway through the fifth for fellow freshman hurler Ellie Spelhaug. Spelhaug closed out the final 1.2 innings, and was strong in relief, not allowing a hit during her time in the circle.
Left fielder Hannah Carter gave the Cyclones one last chance with a lead-off single in the top of the seventh. The senior was eventually moved over to third base, but Iowa State ran out of outs before they could bring her home, falling 1-0.
Iowa State is back in action next weekend the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla. Iowa State opens the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. CT vs. Wisconsin.