Iowa State Cyclones Beat South Dakota State Jackrabbits

The Cyclones softball team from Iowa State (34–22, 7–11 Big 12) managed to beat Jackrabbits from South Dakota State (37–18, 11–7 Summit) with the score of 7–2. This enabled the Cyclones further participation in NISC Ames Regional final.

Key Players

The Friday victory with the result of 7–2 over South Dakota Jackrabbits led Iowa Cyclones to NISC Championship in Fort Collins, Colorado. The two players who brought success to the Iowa team were Kasey Simpson and Mikayla Ramos. The freshmen’s excellent skills enabled them to win three base hits respectively, thus earning the team an immense score of overall 12 runs on Friday.

Emma Hylen, a senior pitcher, achieved her second total victory, dropping only two runs during nine hits, performing two strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

The Course of Game

The first to win points on the Friday match were the Jackrabbits during the second inning. SDSU’s player, Yanney Ponce, won the double in the opponent’s part of the field. Megan Rushing followed, winning the RBI single. Ali Herdliska notched a home run and earn the Jackrabbits yet another point. This earned the team the 2–0 score.

But the Cyclone’s Emma Hylen completely changed the course of the game and prevented the Jackrabbits from scoring any points whatsoever. The Iowa team got the chance to rally, which ended in the South Dakota team failing to win runs during the fourth inning, despite their total of five hits.

The SDSU’s mistake enabled the Cyclone’s Ramos to win yet another point in the fifth inning. The sixth inning, however, allowed the Iowa State team to take total control over the game.

Sydney Stites together with Logan Schaben fired up the game with their base hits. Then, Simpsons followed and scored an RBI double, leveling the 2–2 score. Ramos won the very first leading point on the RBI single, notching Shaben.

Sami Williams scored even two RBI doubles. This fifth straight base hit gave the Iowa Cyclones the immense advantage with the 5–2 overall score. Later on, Williams took advantage of the Jackrabbits’ mistake to score yet another point, which lead to the 6–2 score.

Eventually, the game ended with a total score of 7–2. Ramos and Williams won the final points and ensured the glorious victory to Iowa State Cyclones. This success earned Emma Hylen the improvement of 17–9 in the current season, covering the score of 3–0 in the postseason games.


The Iowa State team will take part in the NISC Ames Regional final on Saturday at 2 PM. The team’s opponent has not been determined yet. The entrance to the Championship is not charged.

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