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Iowa State Downs Liberty, 9-1, in 6 Innings
Liberty led Iowa State, 1-0, after scoring in the top of the third inning on Friday, but the Cyclones tallied nine unanswered runs, defeating the Lady Flames, 9-1, in six innings at USF Softball Stadium.
With the win, Iowa State advances its record to 11-10, while Liberty goes to 8-10 entering its Friday afternoon matchup with USF.
Katie Zavodny extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a single, and stole her 19th base. Shivock went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Holly Seiz batted 1-for-1 with a double and Kelby Allen (1-for-2) scored Liberty's lone run.
Tori Torrescano batted 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs, while Brittany Gomez, Erica Miller and Jorden Spendlove all recorded two hits apiece.
Taylor Smith (5-3) allowed one run on six hits in six innings to secure the win for ISU.
Chandler Ball (3-4) drew the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Kenzie Friesen yielded one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work, while Annah Jo Brittingham allowed four runs on four hits during two innings pitched.
Liberty got at least one runner on base in each of the first five innings. The Lady Flames jumped ahead, 1-0, during the top of the third inning. Allen led off with a single, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zavodny. With two outs, Shivock singled up the middle, scoring Allen for a 1-0 lead. A Robinson single put runners on the corners, but a fielder's choice ended the frame.
Iowa State quickly gained the lead with a four-run third inning. The Cyclones loaded the bases with one out, before Torrescano plated Gomez and Hawryluk with a single. After a walk and an error put runners on second and third, Friesen came on in relief of Ball. Spendlove then sent a two-run single to center, extending the lead to 4-1.
The Cyclones made it 5-1 when Gomez laced an RBI triple to left field in the bottom of the fourth, driving in Maddie Reese. Brittingham then entered the circle for the Lady Flames and got the next batter to ground out, ending the inning.
Zavondy singled and stole second to lead off the top of the fifth, but was left on base as Smith retired three straight Lady Flames batters.
Torrescano homered as the first batter in the bottom of the fifth inning, making it 6-1.
After the Lady Flames went in order in their half of the sixth, ISU ended the game by scoring three runs in the bottom half. With two outs, Gomez scored on a throwing error, and then the next batter, Torrescano, hit her second homer of the game, a two-run blast, closing out the 9-1, six-inning victory for Iowa State.