ISU Softball Look To Keep Winning Streak

Iowa State opens its spring break trip at the Stetson Tournament in DeLand, Fla. The Cyclones will face Canisius and Stetson once with a pair of games against Florida in between. The trip marks ISU's second to the Sunshine State this season, after going 1-3 to open the season at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.

Stetson Tournament (DeLand, Fla.)
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Iowa State vs. Canisius, 9 a.m.
Iowa State vs. Florida, 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Iowa State vs. Florida, 9 a.m.
Iowa State at Stetson, 11:30 a.m.

Radio: The game against Stetson and both games against Florida will be broadcast on the websites of those schools.

Live Stats: There will be no live stats available for this tournament.

Quickly: The Cyclones have won eight straight games, marking the longest streak since 1988 when Iowa State won 10 straight games ... Ashley Killeen and Amie Ford garnered Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the Week awards (March 7) after helping Iowa State to a 7-0 record the weekend before. Killeen is the first Cyclone to win the award since 2003 and Ford is the first pitcher at the school ever to win the award ... Ford's no-hitter against Vermont was the first at Iowa State since 1988 when Mandy Loushin no-hit Missouri ... Killeen has 19 RBI in 16 games this season, last year she recorded 21 RBI in 50 games ... Katie Reichling is in the midst of a career best eight game hitting streak ... Killeen had a pair of six RBI games in the tournament ... Killeen now has posted six RBI games three times in her career.

Scouting Canisius: Canisius enters the tournament having lost two consecutive games, including a 9-1 loss to South Carolina, who Iowa State split two games with. The Griffins are led by Jess Martin, who boasts a .357 batting average and leads the team with six RBI.

The pitching staff is led by Lindsay Garbacz (2-1, 1.17 ERA), who has wins over Norfolk State and Hampton this year. Opponents are hitting just .183 as a team against the Griffins' pitching staff.

Scouting Florida: Florida is coming off a midweek sweep at the hands of SEC Rival and No. 6/7 ranked Alabama. Leadoff hitter Kim Waleszonia tops the team with a .325 batting average and five stolen bases. Lauren Roussell and Lacy Howard are the only other starters over .300, batting .310 and .308, respectively. Roussell was a member of the Southeastern Conference all-Freshman team a year ago.

In the circle, Stacey Stevens (7-2, 2.02 ERA) and Stacey Nelson (6-3, 2.36 ERA) lead the way with Lindsay Littlejohn (4-4, 2.37 ERA) also seeing time for the Gators.

Scouting Stetson: This weekend's tournament marks the fourth of five tournaments that Stetson is hosting this spring. The Hatters are 14-3 after blanking Central Michigan, 6-0, in midweek action. Stetson has now won four straight games and is led by third baseman Melissa Wiggins, who paces the offense with a .500 average and 23 RBI.

In the circle, Erica Demers is undefeated at 10-0 and boasts an impressive 0.54 ERA. The freshman hurler has walked just two hitters in 65 innings of work.

Grand Slams For Everyone: Well not really, but ISU did rip two grand slams last weekend. Ashley Killeen hit the second of her career against Charleston Southern while Katie Reichling ripped her first career slam against Kennesaw State. Reichling's dramatic sixth inning shot gave ISU the lead for good and kept her hitting streak alive at eight games.

No-No: Amie Ford tossed the first no-hitter at ISU since 1998 when she blanked Vermont in the first game of the Charleston Southern Tournament. Ford struck out 13 Catamount hitters and allowed just two baserunners to reach via walks.

Sixer: Ashley Killeen has driven in six RBI twice this season and three times in her career. Her six RBI games have come against Central Connecticut State and Charleston Southern this year and Northern Iowa in her freshman campaign.

Made Ford Tough: Ford has had the biggest impact on the team's success of any newcomer. Ford is 5-3 with a 0.91 ERA and ranks near the top of several Big 12 categories. The sophomore transfer from Northwestern State has 57 strikeouts and is holding opponents to a batting average of just .178.

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