AMES, Iowa ñ On Wednesday night, the Cyclones (19-19, 1-7 Big 12) will travel to Iowa City for the HyVee Cy-Hawk Series game with the Iowa Hawkeyes, the final non-conference game for Iowa State this season. |AMES, Iowa ñ On Wednesday night, the Cyclones (19-19, 1-7 Big 12) will travel to Iowa City for the HyVee Cy-Hawk Series game with the Iowa Hawkeyes, the final non-conference game for Iowa State this season. On Friday and Saturday, the Cyclones will host the Kansas Jayhawks.
Last season the Cyclones swept two games with Iowa, first at the Metrodome Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn. and then in Ames by the scores of 8-2 and 7-3, respectively. Iowa is coming off three-straight wins against Minnesota and Northwestern (two) and has yet to lose at home this year, with a 6-0 record.
Against the Jayhawks, Iowa State is 4-1 in the last two years, including a 2-0 win in the first round of the 2009 Big 12 Championship. After starting the season 31-4 and being ranked and receiving votes in the polls, the Jayhawks are 2-14 since and 1-13 in the Big 12.
Although falling against No. 3 Texas over the weekend, the Cyclones defense continued to improve as the squad did not commit an error in the series, the second time this season the team has played back-to-back games with no errors.
Senior Rachel Zabriskie (12-13) was solid in Saturday’s 3-0 loss, walking no one and allowing only three runs against a team that entered the weekend hitting .339 in conference play. Lexy Bennett who was leading the Big 12 with a .454 batting average had two hits, one in each game, over the weekend.
Wednesday’s game with the Hawkeyes begins at 5 p.m. CDT. Friday’s game with the Jayhawks is set for 4 p.m. with the second game to follow on Saturday at noon.