The Iowa softball team hit a season-high four home runs Wednesday, but the power surge wasn’t enough to push the Hawkeyes past host Iowa State.
The teams played through rain, endured close to a 90-minute rain delay and played to a 6-6 tie when the game was called due to darkness after five innings.
The Cyclones scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Following the delay, starting pitcher Kayla Massey hit Iowa’s first home run of the day to make it 3-2 in the top of the second. It was Massey’s sixth home run of the season.
“I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with the stiff wind blowing in from left center, but they weren’t fly balls that went out, they were line drives that went out. No question,” head coach Marla Looper said. “A lot of our foul balls were screamers down the left field line and it was just a matter of time before we squared some up.”
Iowa State struck with two more runs in the bottom of the third on a triple by Sara Davison.
Whitney Repole, who scored for Iowa on Massey’s second-inning home run, led off the fourth inning with her third home run of the season and the fourth of her career.
Iowa State added a run on two hits in the bottom of the fourth, but once again the Hawkeye offense answered with runs in the fifth.
Brianna Luna knocked a 2-1 pitch out of the park with one away in the top of the fifth to start the Hawkeye rally. Claire Fritsch reached on a single to right, and Megan Blank made it three hits in a row hitting her second home run of the season to right center to knot the contest, 6-6.
Massey (7-14-1) struck out five and allowed six runs — five earned — on seven hits in her first career tie. Iowa moves to 13-25-1 overall following the game, while Iowa State is 21-23-1.
The Hawkeyes continue their road swing at Indiana this weekend, April 25-27. Game one of the series is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday. Games two and three are set to begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.