AMES, Iowa – Rachel Zabriskie was honored as Iowa State’s lone senior on Saturday and put forth a dynamic effort to help push Iowa State to a 6-4 win against No. 17 Baylor. It was Iowa State’s second win versus a ranked opponent this season.
The Bears helped Zabriskie by stranding 11 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Baylor lost despite outhitting Iowa State, 13-10. Holly Holl (4-for-4) got her second four-hit game of the season, and Kayce Walker went 3-for-4 for the Bears.
“We are in a downward spiral right now and we have to figure it out quick,” Baylor head coach Glenn Moore said. “We hit well today, but couldn’t get anything when we needed it.”
The Cyclones improved to 21-21 on the year and 3-8 in Big 12 play. The loss dropped Baylor to 36-12 overall and 7-7 in conference competition.
With a 6-4 lead going into the seventh inning, the Bears threatened to rally. Baylor catcher Megan Turk led off the inning with a single, Clare Hosack reached on an error by Dalyn Varela and a Holl single loaded the bases with no outs. In one of her final outings in front of the Cyclone faithful, Zabriskie was called upon to lead the team out of the adverse situation with one of her more memorable performances.
KJ Freeland was put out on a fielder’s choice when shortstop Sara Davison threw home to record the first out. Whitney Canion (2-for-4) struck out, and Zabriskie dismissed Shelbi Redfearn with a fly ball to center to end the game.
Zabriskie also continued to pad her lead as Iowa State’s all-time strikeouts leader. Her second inning strikeout of Freeland was the 800th of her career. Zabriskie (14-14) went the distance, allowing 13 hits and four runs while striking out six. Canion (20-9) took the loss after throwing six innings and allowing 10 hits and six runs with eight strikeouts.
Erica Miller made some Iowa State history in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Varela on first after reaching on a fielder’s choice, Miller hit a huge home run to the batting cages beyond the rightfield wall to give Iowa State a 4-3 advantage. It was Miller’s 11th home run on the season, tying Iowa State’s single-season record set by Lindsey Herrin in 2002.
Anna Cole led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk. After Amandine Habben popped out, catcher Evan Folks reached on a fielder’s choice after the Baylor shortstop failed to field a throw from first. The first run of the inning was brought home when Hiedi Kidwell hit a roller down the first base line that brought home Cole from second. After Folks was retired trying to score from third on a Davison fielder’s choice, Varela brought home Kidwell with an RBI single to extend the Iowa State lead to 6-4.
The Cyclones got on the board first in the bottom of the second. Tori Torrescano led off the inning with a double and was advanced to third via a sacrifice bunt by Erin Johnson. Cole brought Torrescano home with a blooper that just eluded the Baylor infield to give Iowa State a 1-0 advantage.
After a Walker home run tied the game in the top of the third, the Cyclones were quick to reply as Davison hit a one-out double to get the Iowa State rally going. After Varela struck out, Miller got a single to continue the inning before Torrescano hit a single just over the infield to center to bring home Davison and allow Cyclones to move ahead, 2-1.
Baylor took its first lead of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Kathy Shelton led off the inning with a single and stole second. After a nifty piece of defense by Miller to secure the first out, Dani Leal stepped up to the plate and cleared the bases with a two-run home run just over the rightfield wall to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. It was Leal’s 14th home run of the season.
The Bears tied it up, once more, in the top of the sixth as Canion led off the inning with a double. Canion’s pinch runner, Sydney Wilson, was moved over on a ground out by Redfearn and scored on a passed ball when Shelton struck out, knotting the score at 4-4.
Davison, Varela, Miller and Torrescano each had two hits for the Cyclones.