Play ball

Grounds work at ISU softball field.

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Colton Metzger, a horticulture graduate student and graduate assistant working on the athletics turf/grounds crew, prepares the pitching surface on the Iowa State softball field. After spending the first six weeks of the season on the road, the Cyclones take a 15-16 record into their home opener this weekend, hosting Big 12 Conference foe Texas Tech at 4 p.m. on Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday. If weather is questionable, schedule updates will be available on the softball website. Admission is free.