The Iowa State softball team scored four runs in their last at-bat against NU last week to win thanks to a grand slam. On Tuesday, the Cyclones scored four in the first inning to beat the Huskers 6-3. Iowa State sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first despite recording only a single. The Huskers helped out the Cyclones by walking five and hitting one batter in the inning.
Trailing 6-1, Nebraska rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth and had numerous scoring chances over the final three innings. The Huskers out-hit the Cyclones 6-5, but Nebraska stranded eight runners over the final three innings, including coming up empty with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, two on and two out in the sixth and the bases loaded with one out again in the seventh.
The Huskers did get a pair of home runs from freshmen Gabby Banda and Brooke Thomason. It was Banda’s third of the season and her first in conference play. For Thomason, her two-run shot in the fourth was her 10th of the season and her fifth in Big 12 play.