Ford got Ashton Payne to hit a ground ball to Cary Akins, who stepped on second and relayed it to Quade for a double play, ending a fifth inning Gamecock threat that saw a base runner at first and a 3-0 count on Payne.
The Cyclones (1-2) struck first on Jessica Quade's single to left field that scored pinch runner Ellen Buehner in the bottom of the sixth.
The rally started with back-to-back
one-out doubles by Ashley Killeen and Katie Reichling. Quade then drove Jessica
Barnes' pitch through the infield to plate
Ford (1-1), who tossed a complete game four-hitter, shut the door on the Gamecocks in the final frame.
Barnes (0-1) got the loss for
Notes: The win was the first of head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt's career at Iowa State … it was also Ford's first win in an Iowa State uniform … Ford lowered her ERA to 1.11 on the season … the shutout was Iowa State's first since April 24 last year when they shutout No. 3 Texas, 1-0.