The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series came down to the bottom of the seventh inning. Literally.
When Stacy Roggentien recorded her 10th strikeout with a runner on first base to end the seventh inning, the Cyclone softball team’s 5-4 win meant the coveted Cy-Hawk Series Trophy would stay in Ames.
Winning the series two years in a row had never been done previously in the competition, which dates back to 2004. The schools alternate hosting eight of the 10 events (two are at neutral sites) on an annual basis, so it had been unachievable to win the series in consecutive seasons.
That changed last night. It is, once again, a Cyclone state.
The 2014-15 series included big wins, blowouts and brilliant performances on both sides.
Iowa State hosted just two events and won both.
- Soccer – Ally Williamson’s goal in the 75th minute was the game winner in a 2-1 decision.
- Volleyball – After two close sets, the Cyclones held Iowa to an .029 hitting percentage in the final stanza for a 3-0 sweep.
The schools had neutral site meetings at the regional meet cross country meets in Peoria, Ill.
- Women’s Cross Country – All five Cyclone runners finished before the first Hawkeye competitor as Iowa State won the regional meet. UI was 13th.
- Men’s Cross Country – All five ISU point scorers placed in the Top 32 as the Cyclones finished third. Iowa was seventh.
In events at Iowa City, there were three memorable performances.
- Football – Cole Netten connected on a 42-yard field goal with 0:02 left in a 20-17 triumph.
- Men’s Basketball – ISU had a 21-2 run to open the second half and coasted behind a 19-point performance from Abdel Nader.
- Softball – Ally Cappaert hit a game-winning home run in the fifth inning to close out the series with a one-run victory.
Savor the win. A chance for a three-peat doesn’t begin until next fall.