Iowa State Squeezes Out 6-5 Win over Bears in 13 Innings
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Iowa State scored twice in the top of the 13th inning to pull out a 6-5 win over the Missouri State softball team, sending the Bears to their fifth straight defeat Thursday (March 19) at Killian Stadium. ISU’s Rachel Zabriskie picked up her second win over the Bears in 2009, working 10 1/3 innings in relief, while Carleigh Berry’s five hits paced a Cyclone attack that racked up 16 hits on the day.
With Zabriskie in control for ISU in the circle, the Cyclones finally pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the decisive 13th inning. Kelsey Kidwell’s two-out squeeze bunt brought home the go-ahead run, and Berry’s RBI-double capped a 5-for-6 day. Her blast off the left-centerfield wall drove home Kidwell and gave Zabriskie just enough breathing room to finish off the win.
Jessie Smith would lead-off the bottom of the 13th with her fourth home run of the season, and the Bears would put the tying run in scoring position with one out after Jen Carr’s third single of the day. But Zabriskie would get Taylor Farley on a fly-out to center and Brooke Kempker on a pop-up to shortstop to seal the win, the first for ISU in six games.
Zabriskie took over for starter Charissa Carlin with two outs in the third inning and promptly retired the first 11 batters she faced before Raeven Replogle’s one-out walk in the seventh prompted MSU’s two-run, game-tying rally. After Carr led-off the eighth with a single, Zabriskie refocused to set down the next 12 Bears she faced.
The marathon contest--the longest on record for the Bears since at least the 1992 season--was made possible by MSU’s two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh, as Christa Gammon’s sacrifice fly brought home the tying run. Replogle started the rally with a one-out walk, and Farley followed with a solid double to right field to put runners on second and third. Jenna Schwark’s single to center brought home Replogle, before Gammon delivered the key blow, lifting a fly ball to left-center to allow pinch-runner Ashley Arbon to score and make it a 4-4 game. MSU narrowly missed ending the game on Smith’s single to right, but Iowa State first baseman Sydni Jones relayed Heidi Kidwell’s throw to the plate, where Alex Johnson tagged out Schwark to end the threat.
Iowa State grabbed the lead in the sixth when Berry started the frame with an infield single, beating the throw from Smith at short by a nose. The Cyclones’ rightfielder then swiped second base and advanced to third on Courtney Wray’s sacrifice bunt. Johnson followed with a bouncer to short that brought home Berry with the go-ahead run.
ISU tacked on a crucial insurance run in the top of the seventh, with Berry once again serving as the catalyst. With two out, she laced a single into left field, then came all the way around on Wray’s double down the right field line to stake Zabriskie to a two-run cushion.
Lauren Supak (1-5) took the loss for MSU despite turning in a solid relief effort of her own, striking-out five hitters in six innings. The junior entered in the eighth and recorded five shutout innings before the Cyclones struck for two runs on three hits in the 13th.
Iowa State broke on top early in the contest with a pair of runs in the first inning, as Berry singled and Wray doubled with one out to set up the rally. A Lauren McGinley wild pitch allowed Berry to cross the plate with the game’s first run, before Johnson drove in the second ISU score with a grounder to second.
The Bears erased the early deficit, however, registering single tallies in the second and third innings on a pair of two-out hits from Replogle and Jana Shewmaker.
Missouri State returns to Missouri Valley Conference action this weekend when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to battle Indiana State in a three-game series. The Bears and Sycamores will play a Noon doubleheader on Saturday (March 21), then meet for a single game Sunday at Noon to wrap up the series.