With Iowa State (17-19) down 4-0 with the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning, Jessica Quade roped a line drive to perfectly positioned Stephanie Aguero for the first out. Aguero quickly stepped on third base to double up Kristy Olsen and then fired to second to get Whitney Perkins to complete the triple play and end the once promising inning.
The Panthers (10-26-1) made the most of their bases loaded situation in the second to go up 4-0.
Kelly Papesh drew a one-out walk to open the inning and pinch runner Mandy Kumamoto advanced to second when Rachael Rogers was hit by an Amie Ford pitch. An infield single to third by Jamie Kelling loaded the bases. Ford got Nikki Ferden to line out to centerfield for the second out but the next hitter, Morgan Paulson, roped a double to left center to empty the bases. Aguero promptly followed with a single to center to score Paulson and stake the Panthers to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.
Monica Wright (6-14) retired 10 straight Cyclone hitters after the triple play to secure the win. Wright allowed just six hits in the game.
Jennifer Bigbee hit a seventh
inning homer to break up Wright's shutout bid. The homer, Bigbee's second in as
many games, was also her second career long ball.
Kelling and Paulson went 3-for-4 to lead Northern Iowa at the plate.
Designated player Kristy Olsen went 2-for-3 for the Cyclones.
Amie Ford (10-8) got the loss for ISU, allowing four runs on five hits in two innings of work.
Iowa State will jump back into Big 12 play this weekend when they host No. 15 Texas A&M in a pair of games. First pitch for Saturday is 2 p.m. with Sunday's contest slated to begin at noon.