AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (22-15, 1-5 Big 12) completed its three-game sweep of Georgia Tech (23-19, 5-7 ACC) with a 6-3 victory in the series finale on Sunday at the Cyclone Sports Complex. The victory was the 1,000th win in program history.
Sally Woolpert was outstanding offensively going 2-of-3 on the day with an RBI in the win.
The Cyclone pitching staff pieced together a strong performance. Shannon Mortimer got the start, and was very effective early. Emma Hylen also had a great two innings, not giving the Yellow Jackets an inch. Hylen gave up no hits and no runs in her time in the circle to close out the game.
Tatum Ksiazek, who entered in relief, was rewarded with the win to put her at 5-0 on the season.
Iowa State 6, Georgia Tech 3
Mortimer started strong, needing only six pitches to get the top of Georgia Tech’s lineup out in the top of the first. Mortimer started strong, running through the first three innings without giving up a hit.
In the second inning, Talyn Lewis put the Cyclones on base for the first time, managing a walk. Sydney Stites marked up the first hit of the day with a bloop over the head of the second baseman. Logan Schaben then battled and got to first, as Lewis aggressively ran the bases to score the first run of the game. Hannah Carter then got in on the fun and ripped an RBI single to score Stites. The inning ended with the Cyclones ahead, 2-0.
The Yellow Jackets tallied two walks and two hits that tied the game up 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Ksiazek would then enter in the top of the fifth with runners on second and third. The Yellow Jackets managed to tally one run in the frame to take their first lead of the series, 3-2.
Bosworth reached base on a walk, bringing up Sally Woolpert. Woolpert laced a shot into left center, bringing Nearad and Bosworth home to give the Cyclones a 5-3 lead.
Hylen entered in the sixth inning to finish out the game and shut down any thought of a Georgia Tech rally. Iowa State’s all-time leader in saves allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings to record her third save of the season.
Nearad tallied an RBI in the home half of the sixth to tack on an insurance run for the Cyclones, who would go on to win, 6-3. It was Iowa State’s first three-game series sweep since May 5-7, 2017 vs. Kansas.
The Cyclones will travel to Iowa City for the annual Cy-Hawk showdown with Iowa on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.