The Iowa State softball team will finally open the home season on Wednesday when the Cyclones host Iowa. I.S.U. has played its first 34 games on the road. Coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler says it will be great to be home and in front of their fans.

I.S.U. played its best softball during the second half of the 2009 season and finished with a record of 26-29. That momentum has carried over as the Cyclones stand 21-13.

Gemeinhardt-Cesler says they were feeling more confident at the end of last year and took that into this year. Gemeinhardt-Cesler says the matchup with the Hawkeyes is not just another non-conference game. She says they started talking about the game right after their game Sunday.

This will be their second meeting with the Hawkeyes this season. The teams played in a tournament back in mid-February in the Metrodome and won the game. It was the first time they had won since she was the coach.

Iowa is 16-12 on the season.