Erwin earns Game 3 win over Cyclones in first conference start

By Barbara Maningat

Despite a late surge of Cyclone bats, the Tigers managed to keep the lead in a tight Game 3 win to complete the sweep. Missouri consistently dominated Iowa State in the three-game series at Ames, Iowa, taking the Tigers to a 14-7 Big 12 record, 37-10 overall.

In similar fashion to Games 1 and 2, the Tigers wasted no time to run up the scoreboard as they secured a three-run lead at the top of the first inning. After Mackenzie Sykes drew a walk and stole second, Ashley Fleming later singled to Cyclone shortstop Lexi Slater and allowed Sykes to reach third base. Kelsea Roth then capitalized with the runners on base as she doubled to centerfield, scoring Sykes and Fleming. In the next play, Roth got into scoring position when Nicole Hudson singled through the right side. Roth would then run in for the 3-0 Tiger lead on a sacrifice hit by Corrin Genovese.

The hits picked up again in the sixth inning – but this time both teams scored. The Tigers started with a triple by Genovese at the top of the inning, followed by a walk by pinch hitter Rachel Hay. Princess Krebs pinch ran for Hay and stole second to put two runners eager to go home. Kayla Kingsley then singled and advanced to second on the throw, allowing Genovese to score. Krebs and Kinglsey ran home for the 6-0 lead with Sykes’ double to center field. But the Cyclones quickly threatened the Tiger lead. A Cyclone grand slam by Tori Torrescano boosted the momentum for Iowa State at the bottom of the inning, narrowing the gap 6-4.

Missouri was unable to add to the two-run lead at the top of the final inning, so it was up to the Cyclones to topple the Tigers. Pinch hitter Anna Cole singled through the left side and advanced to second on a single by Slater. This was enough to score Cole in the next play, but the Cyclones would end the game leaving three runners stranded and still one run short of extra innings.

Bailey Erwin took the win in her first conference start, pitching four innings allowing only four hits and striking out two.

The Tigers take on Murray State in a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m.


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