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Softball Advances at Big 12 Tournament




May 1, 1998

OKLAHOMA CITY-- The Iowa State softball team (16-26) was eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament Friday with its second loss of the day, 3-1, to fourth-seeded Texas Tech. The eighth-seeded Cyclones faced the Lady Raiders after defeating ninth-seeded Missouri on Thursday and losing to top-seeded Nebraska Friday morning.

In the Cyclone loss, sophomore Mandy Loushin allowed six hits while striking out three to finish her season with a 10-15 record. Loushin came in during the first inning to replace freshman hurler Kristin Ferguson, who started the game but gave up three hits and two runs in the first three at bats. Texas Tech added a run to its two first-inning scores in the fourth, as an RBI single by Aimee Weathers scored Tamara Harrington for a 3-0 score.

Iowa State answered with one run in the seventh. Sophomore Tiffany Cornine, pinch running for freshman Kimi Yoshizawa, crossed the plate as freshman Stephanie Skamnes hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring the final score to 3-1. The teams still alive in the double-elimination tournament following two days of play include Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas, who are the top six seeds in the tournament.

The Cyclones have now completed the 1998 season. Iowa State posted a 16-26 mark overall, while going 6-13 in the Big 12 Conference. Today's loss marked the final career game for ISU seniors Renae Hunting, Jaime Kahler and Missy Danilson.

Iowa State      0 0 0   0 0 0   1       1 4 1
Texas Tech      2 0 0   1 0 0           3 9 2
Ferguson and Loushin (1) and Woods. Renfro and Karenka. 
Win-Renfro (23-12). Loser- Loushin (10-16).



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