COLLEGE STATION, Texas ñ The Iowa State softball team showed life on the field Sunday, including two home runs, at No. 21 Texas A&M but came up short, falling 7-5 to the Aggies.|COLLEGE STATION, Texas ñ The Iowa State softball team showed life on the field Sunday, including two home runs, at No. 21 Texas A&M but came up short, falling 7-5 to the Aggies. The Cyclones have hit at least one home run in eight of their last nine games and have blasted multiple home runs in three games this season.
Rachel Zabriskie (10-8) pitched the 80th complete game of her career, giving up eight hits and six earned runs, including two two-run home runs while walking three and striking out three.
Iowa State (16-13, 1-3 Big 12) struck first on Sunday when Erica Miller singled in the first to drive in center fielder Heidi Kidwell who led the game off with a walk.
The 1-0 lead lasted less than an inning as the Aggies (30-8, 3-1 Big 12) plated two, one on an error and one on a single by designated player Melissa Dumezich, in the bottom of the frame. Cassie Tysarczyk smashed a two-run homer in the third and Kelsea Orsak led off the fourth with a four-bagger of her own, giving Texas A&M the 5-1 lead.
The Cyclones refused to go away though, and Dalyn Varela singled to score Kidwell in the fifth before catcher Amandine Habben hit the first home run of her career, a solo shot, in the top of the sixth to close the gap to 5-3.
Rhiannon Kliesing pulled Texas A&M away for good in the bottom of the inning though with a two-out, two-run dinger to pull head by four again, leading 7-3.
A two-run homer by Varela in the top of the seventh with one out gave the Cyclones hope once more but Dumezich, who relieved starter Lindsey Sisk (14-3) to start the seventh, finished the game without another blemish, securing the 7-5 win.
Varela’s home runs marks the second time in conference play the Cyclones have hit multiple home runs in a game.
In her six innings in the circle, Sisk allowed six hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out four.
On Tuesday, the Cyclones welcome the UNI Panthers to Southwest Athletic Complex for a 4 p.m. CDT contest.