While Iowa State fell short from an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, they did perform well enough to automatically qualify for the NISC (National Invitational Softball Championship) Tournament by being the highest Big 12 seed to not qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Their first game will be on Thursday against the winner of Purdue and South Dakota. 

After taking the first two games of the series on Friday, the No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners completed the sweep of Iowa State with a 14-0 mercy-rule victory over the Cyclones in five innings on Sunday thanks to their explosive offense and a perfect game from pitcher Giselle Juarez.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be in Ames to face Iowa State at the Cyclone Sports Complex. Both teams have been on losing skids recently and have similar numbers so far this season.

The Cyclones are set to play two non-conference teams mid-week after a 2-1 series loss against conference opponent Texas Tech. The Cyclones will open the week against South Dakota at 4 p.m. Tuesday followed by an in-state rival against Drake at 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Iowa State and Texas Tech softball teams have played two games in the past two days. Both games have been highly competitive and have resulted in a win for each team. What has made the difference in each matchup is extra base hits as 13 have been hit combined.

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