IOWA STATE 5, PURDUE 3
Ames, IA – Talyn Lewis and Sydney Stites powers Iowa State to 5-3 win over Purdue as the Cyclones capture the regional championship and advance to Colorado for the final round of the Postseason NISC.
The Cyclones finished the five-team region 3-0 and defeated Purdue twice during the three-day round hosted by Iowa State in Ames, IA.
The Cyclones started the scoring in the first with an RBI double by Lewis scoring Sami Williams.
After a scoreless second, Purdue’s Lexi Huffman would blast a two-run bomb to give the Boilermakers a 2-1 lead. However, Iowa State’s Stites would respond with a two-run jack of her own to regain a 3-2 lead for the Cyclones in the bottom of the third.
Lewis would record her second double of the game scoring Kaylee Bosworth and Williams to move the Iowa State lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Solid pitching and stout defense for Iowa State held the Boilermakers hitless and scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. A solo homer with two outs in the seventh by Purdue’s Rachel Becker would give the Boilermakers hope of a possible comeback but a pop up from the next batter would end the game.
Iowa State joins UT Arlington, Liberty and the Nevada/LMU winner in the championship round slated for May 24-26 at TC Colorado Field in Fort Collins, Colo.