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Cyclones Win First Round of Softball Championship
May 08, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - In their third straight meeting in the last two weeks, No. 8-seed Iowa State and No. 9 Kansas went toe-to-toe through the contest as neither team was able to score through the first five innings.

In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, ISU’s Carleigh Berry managed to get on base after hitting a single. The Cyclone’s Amanda Bradberry stepped up to the plate next and hit a home run over the centerfield wall to give ISU the 2-0 go-ahead. After closing the sixth, it looked as if the Jayhawks would be able to rally in the seventh as both Val Chapple and Allie Clark both got on base and were postioned at third and second, respectively, with two outs. KU’s run was stalled after first baseman Amanda Jobe popped up to second base.

ISU (26-28) will advance to take on the No. 1-seed Oklahoma in game five at 1:30 p.m. Kansas ends their season with a 21-31 overall mark, as head coach Tracy Bunge ends her career having coached in 13-of-14 Big 12 Softball Championships.

"Well it’s been a real privilege to be a part of the Big 12 Conference and the University of Kansas for as many years as I have. You know I have a lot of great memories. This is a terrific group of coaches in this Conference that I have a ton of respect for. I can’t say enough about the camaraderie, the level of excellence that has been achieved in this Conference, not only in softball but obviously in a lot of other sports. It’s been a real privilege."

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