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State of the Cyclones: Softball looks to rebound with returning talent

Now that it’s the summer, there is precious little to discuss in the world of ISU athletics. I think it would be good to start doing a rundown of where all of Iowa State’s sports stand competitively, starting with softball.

It was a rough year for the Cyclone softball women this year as they finished 23-31-1 overall, with a conference record of 2-16.  There were a few bright spots, however.  Aly Cappaert led the team with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs, while Brittany Gomez stole 24 bases.  Both of those girls were sophomores so the offense looks to have returning firepower next season.  Most of the roster is composed of freshmen and sophomores as well, so there is some reason to be optimistic.

On defense, freshman Katie Johnson led the pitching corps with a 4.67 ERA and 140 strikeouts on the year.  Obviously there is room for improvement, but fans should remember that ISU plays in the tough Big 12 conference with Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.  Hopefully the young talent on the team can improve and smooth out some of their struggles.

Be sure to check in the rest of the summer as we progress through all the Iowa State men’s and women’s NCAA and club teams.

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