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Cyclones Use Extra Base Hits To Down Lady Flames In Bethune-Cookman Spring Break Classic Championship Game
All six of Iowa State's hits went for extra bases to lead the Cyclones to a 4-1 victory over Liberty, Sunday afternoon, in the championship game of the Bethune-Cookman Spring Break Classic.
The loss drops the Lady Flames to 19-8 on the season and wraps up Liberty's Spring Break run that saw the Lady Flames finish the week-plus set of games with a 9-4 record.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning as the Cyclones used three extra base hits to plate two runs and take a 2-0 lead. Lead off batter Fallon Johnson got things started with a double down the left field line, while two batters later Ashley Killeen doubled to the wall in left center field to drive in Johnson.
Katie Reichling followed with a triple down the right field line to plate pinch runner Stephanie Mosley and give Iowa State a two-run advantage.
Iowa State added to its lead in the top of the sixth inning as Ellen Buehner grounded back to Terra Lowe in the circle, but the starting pitcher wasn't able to handle the ball, while Ashley Killeen followed on the very next at bat with a two-run homer over the fence in left field to give the Cyclones a 4-0 lead.
The Lady Flames finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning as Jessica Moore led off the frame with her team leading ninth home run as she hit an opposite field shot over the fence to right center field to cut Iowa State's lead to 4-1.
But that was all that Liberty could muster as starting pitcher Amie Ford was able to keep the Lady Flames from mounting a rally to pick up the victory. Ford scattered four hits and allowed one run in six innings of work, while striking out four batters, before Alyssa Ranson finished off the final inning with one strikeout.
Lowe suffered the loss as she allowed three earned runs on five hits, while striking out five batters in 5 1/3 innings of work before Sarah Ellis finished off the final 1 2/3 innings of work by allowing just one hit.
Liberty's top four hitters all finished the game 1-for-3, while Moore finished with a run scored and a RBI.
The Lady Flames return to action on Wednesday when they host James Madison at the Liberty Softball Field for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch of the first game is slated for 2 p.m.