Iowa State University Athletics

02/16/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/16/2020 16:45

Cyclones Fall 6-3 In Extra Innings To FAU

ORLANDO, Fla. - Iowa State (5-5) fell 6-3 in extra innings to FAU (3-5) on the final day of the Knights Classic at the UCF Softball Complex.

FAU 6, Iowa State 3 (8 innings)
The Cyclones scratched out the first run of the day in the home half of the third inning. Junior drew a one-out walk, and was later able to advance two bases on a Florida Atlantic miscue. hit a hard ground ball to the Owl third baseman, who attempted to throw out the lead runner in Ramos at second. The errant throw ricocheted off Ramos and into the outfield, allowing Spelhaug to take second base and put Ramos on third.

Senior then came to the plate and got the job done to put Iowa State on the board. Williams collected an RBI on a ground ball to second base, allowing Ramos to slide in safe at home, giving the Cyclones an early 1-0 advantage.

The same section of the lineup came through again in the bottom of the fifth. Ramos once again gave Iowa State a spark with a one-out walk. Spelhaug then ripped a single through the right side, as the speedy Ramos went from first to third. Head coach then called for a double steal, and Ramos once again showed off her wheels, sliding in safe at home to make it a 2-0 ISU advantage.

FAU knotted the game at 2-2 in the ensuing inning thanks to a Fayth Davis two-run home run to left center.

Extra innings would be Iowa State's undoing. FAU took its first lead of the day on a Jolie Duffner RBI single to left field, scoring Ashleigh Jennings. A wild pitch two batters later allowed Sommer Baker to score from third, putting the Cyclones in a 4-2 hole. The Owl offense kept its momentum rolling, picking up RBI base hits from Rachel Tarpley and Sara Berthiaume to make it a 6-2 hole.

Starting pitcher exited midway through the eighth, as fellow freshman took the circle. However, Charles would return later in the inning as the Owl offense began to click. Charles finished the day with 7.1 innings of work, allowing four earned runs with four strikeouts.

tallied an RBI on a ground out that scored from third, but the Cyclones were unable to rally in the bottom of the eighth, falling 6-3.

On Deck
Iowa State is back in action next weekend at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C. The Cyclones open the tournament on Friday at 11:30 a.m. CT vs. Elon.