ISU Softball Opens Season at FSU Tournament

Florida State Tournament Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 Iowa State vs. South Carolina, 11 a.m. Iowa State at Florida State, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006 Iowa State vs. South Carolina, 11 a.m. Iowa State at Florida State, 3 p.m. *All times Central*

Radio: The Iowa State at Florida State games will be available on Florida State's website at

Gametracker: Gametracker will be available for all games at

Up Next: Iowa State will open its season at the Florida State Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb. 17-19 at JoAnne Graf Field (1,000) on the campus of Florida State University. The Cyclones will play a pair of games against the South Carolina Gamecocks and the host Seminoles. Live stats will be available on

A New Era of Cyclone Softball: Iowa State opens a new era this season as Stacy Gemeinhardt enters her first season at the helm of the Cyclones. Gemeinhardt, who takes over for Ruth Crowe, comes to ISU after a successful four-year stint at Division II Emporia State, which saw her squads go 153-76 (.668). Gemeinhardt was a two-time MIAA coach of the year and guided the Hornets to the school's first national ranking since 1996. Prior to her stint at Emporia State, Gemeinhardt was a two-time all-Big 12 selection while playing at Missouri. She was selected ot the Big 12 alltournament team three times in her career and went on to spend on season as a student assistant with the Tigers when her eligibility was up. Gemeinhardt will be assisted by Gary Hines and Crystal Turner, both in their first seasons with Iowa State.

ISU In Season Openers: Iowa State is 14-18 all-time in season openers. The last season opening win came on Feb. 22, 2002 when the Cyclones defeated Santa Clara in the UC Santa Barbara Tournament.

Experience To Go Around: The Cyclones return six position players that saw action in at least 47 games, including Ashley Killeen and Jessica Quade, who played in all 50 games for ISU a year ago. Additionally, the entire pitching staff returns to give the coaching staff many options in the circle.

Playing the Best: Iowa State will face 11 teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA preseason poll. Six Big 12 teams enter the season ranked, including four in the top-15. ISU will also face 15 schools that took part in the NCAA tournament a year ago.

Smashing Success: Iowa State had a strong fall season, posting an 11-2-1 record. Ashley Killeen and Kristen Karanzias led the team with 15 hits each while Fallon Johnson and Katie Reichling knocked 12 base hits during the fall campaign. The pitching staff was solid, posting a 1.03 ERA this fall.

Newcomers: The Cyclones bring in five newcomers, including transfer pitcher Amie Ford. Ford was impressive in her freshman campaign at Northwestern State, setting the school record for strikeouts (257) and tying the record for wins (21). Four freshman will join Ford in their first season with the Cyclones: Katherine Cross, Lanae Davis, Heidi Hageman and Whitney Perkins.

Big Blow: Senior Kristen Karanzias will miss the 2006 season after injuring her knee in preseason practice. Karanzias was expected to start at third base after spending the first three years as a pitcher for the Cyclones.

Let's Play Two: ISU has scheduled doubleheaders against North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Missouri this season. Last year, ISU went 4-4 in double-dippers.

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