Iowa State drops No. 17 Baylor
Zabriskie tossed the 800th strikeout of her career
AMES, Iowa – Rachel Zabriskie was honored as Iowa State’s lone senior Saturday at the Southwest Athletic Complex 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 against a ranked opponent on the season and improved the Cyclones to 21-21 on the year and 3-8 in Big 12 play. The loss drops Baylor to 36-12 overall and 7-7 in conference competition.
With a 6-4 lead going into the seventh inning, the Bears prepared a rally. BU catcher Megan Turk led off the inning with a single, followed by Clare Hosack reaching on an error by Dalyn Varela and a Holly Holl single to load 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 the first batter up and she grounded to shortstop Sara Davison, who threw home to record the first out. Whitney Canion was next up and already had two hits, which did not bother Iowa State’s senior leader, who struck her out. The Bears final hope was Shelbi Redfearn but the cool and composed Zabriskie dismissed her 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 as her second inning strikeout of Freeland was the 800th of her career. The win improved Zabriskie to 14-14 on the year. She went the distance, allowing 13 hits and four runs while striking out six. Canion (20-9) was the losing pitcher, 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 standard 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 Sara Davison fielder’s choice, Varela brought home Kidwell with an RBI single to make the Iowa State lead 6-4.
The Cyclones were first on the board 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 Kayce Walker home run tied the game in the top of the third, the Cyclones were quick to reply as Davison had 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 again by a 2-1 score.
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 home run just over the rightfield wall to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. It was the 14th home run of the season for Leal.
The Bears tied it back up 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, making the score 4-4.