Jennifer Bigbee homered in the
fifth inning and Iowa State scored all six runs with two outs to defeat No. 16
Nebraska, 6-5, in Big 12 action on Tuesday at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
Iowa State, who defeated No. 15 Texas A&M, 14-6, on
Saturday, improves to 19-20 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 play. Nebraska falls to
32-8 overall and 6-4 in conference action.
With Iowa State trailing 5-4 in the sixth, Bigbee drilled
her third home run of the season, a two-out, two-run shot just inside the left
field foul pole that plated Katie Reichling. Bigbee, who went
118 career games without a home run, has homered in three of the last five
The game went back-and-forth through the first three and
a half innings.
Nebraska got on the board in the top of the second on a
RBI single from KoKo Tacha. Carmen Kier added a sacrifice fly in the inning to
put the Huskers up 2-0.
Iowa State bounced back to tie the game in its half of
the second. Jessica Quade got the rally started
with a single and was lifted for pinch runner Whitney Perkins. After Cary Akins singled to advance
Perkins to second, Beth Tharp delivered the first
two-out hit of the game, a two-run double to right field. Tharp was thrown out
advancing to third but Akins crossed home just before the third out to knot the
game at 2-2.
The Huskers took the lead again in the third as Jessica
Yoachim scored on a fielding error by the Cyclones.
ISU showed its resilience again in the next frame, adding
two more runs to take back the lead.
Katie Reichling hustled to beat out
an infield single that grazed the pitchers glove. On the play, Fallon Johnson and Kristy Olsen raced in to score and
put the Cyclones back on top 4-3.
Katie Linke and Kier belted a pair of home runs in the
fourth as the advantage went back over to Nebraska.
After Bigbee's homer gave the lead back to the Cyclones,
Iowa State pitcher Alyssa Ransom settled in and took
control of the game, retiring the final seven batters of the game to pick up the
Ransom (9-11) allowed nine hits but struck out six Husker
batters. The win, Ransom's 30th of her career, was her third straight and fifth
career win against ranked opponents.
Molly Hill (17-2) was dealt just her second loss of the
season. Hill walked three batters and allowed two runs in two innings in relief.
Akins went 2-for-2 while Bigbee, Reichling and Tharp each
drove in two runs to lead the Cyclones.
The Huskers, who out-hit Iowa State nine to seven, lost
just their second game when out-hitting their opponent.
The Cyclones and Huskers will meet again on Thursday in
Lincoln, Neb. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.