LUBBOCK, Texas – Iowa State struck for four runs in the third inning and added six more in the sixth to outlast Texas Tech, 13-9, Saturday evening on Senior Day at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss snapped Tech’s five-game winning streak against Big 12 foes as the Red Raiders fell to 34-16 on the year and 7-7 in league play. Iowa State, meanwhile, improved to 22-24-1 overall and 2-9 in conference action.
“Nine runs should be enough to win in the Big 12,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “We didn’t play very good defense today and just gave up too many runs. I thought we gave ourselves a chance with base runners but you just can’t strand that many people like we did and win the game. We’ll need to correct that to win the series tomorrow.”
Aly Cappaert unloaded six RBI while going 2-for-5 at the plate to lead the Cyclones. She connected on a two-run single in the first inning that gave Iowa State the early lead and then added a three-run homer in the sixth that was her 10th of the year.
Iowa State’s four runs in the third and five runs in the sixth marked the first time this season where the Red Raiders have allowed four or more runs in an inning twice in a game. Tech had previously shut out its opponents over its last 12.1 innings coming into the game.
Despite trailing from the get-go, Tech still battled offensively, plating at least one run in every inning, including five in the final two frames alone. It marked the first time Tech had lost when scoring nine or more runs since falling to South Florida, 15-9, on Feb. 27, 2009.
Cassie McClure finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in the middle of Tech’s lineup as she was one of three Red Raiders to record a multiple-hit game, joining leadoff hitter Sydni Emanuel (2-for-3) and Kady Crow (2-for-3). The multiple-hit performance was the first of Crow’s career.
McClure scored Emanuel with a RBI single in the fourth that cut Iowa State’s lead to two at the time. She later opened the sixth inning with a solo home run, her team-leading ninth of the season and fifth already during Big 12 play.
Emanuel previously swiped her second bag of the game earlier in the fourth as the freshman snapped Ashley Parker’s single-season school record of 36 stolen basesfrom the 2006 season. Emanuel ended the day with 38 stolen bases which is among the national leaders this year.
McClure’s solo blast was the first of two home runs for Tech in the sixth as Kierra Miles followed with a two-run shot moments later. It was the second home run of the series for Miles, who now has six on the season.
The Red Raiders left themselves with plenty of more chances to score, however, as Tech stranded the bases loaded in the first and second innings en route to leaving a season-high 13 runners on for the game.
Iowa State starter Paris Imholz (4-8) earned the win for the Cyclones after allowing seven runs off 10 hits and three hits. She was relieved briefly in the sixth by Stacy Roggentien before returning to close out the seventh.
Tech starter Brittany Talley (9-2) took the loss for the Red Raiders as the senior gave up five runs off seven hits in three innings of work. The loss marked Talley’s first since mid-March and only her second in 28 appearances this year.
Talley and fellow seniors Taylor Powell and Marisa Malazzo were all recognized on the field following the game as part of Tech’s annual Senior Day celebration. The three seniors will likely play their final game on the Rocky Johnson Field dirt Sunday afternoon when the series finale begins with a 12 p.m. first pitch.