Iowa State Softball Opts Out of Mary Nutter Classic, To Play Three-Game Series at Arizona State
There’s been a major change of plans for the Iowa State Cyclones softball team this weekend. Instead of participating in the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., they’ll now shift a state back to the east to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in a three-game series in Tempe.
Game one is set for 7 p.m. CT Friday. Games two and three will then be played in a Saturday doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. CT.
The Cyclones and Sun Devils, who too opted out of the Mary Nutter to make this matchup possible, are citing inclement weather in Southern California as their reason. Consistent rain is forecasted in the area for the event, which will also include Iowa State’s fellow Big 12 members Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
So far this young season, the Cyclones have compiled a 6-4 record. That included a 2-3 opening weekend showing before they went 4-1 last weekend in Fresno, Calif., against the likes of UIC, Fresno State, Seattle and Idaho State, their lone blemish against Seattle.
Arizona State, meanwhile, is off to an 8-2 start, having lost just a single game each weekend. That featured four wins in the San Diego State Season Kickoff and another four in the Littlewood Classic at home, with losses to Notre Dame and BYU in each, respectively.
Following this weekend, Iowa State heads to the Wooo Pig Classic in Fayetteville, Ark., with contests against Arkansas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and North Texas on tap. It’ll open up the Big 12 slate later on down the line versus Oklahoma on March 24.