Records Fall In Loss To Red Raiders
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (19-24, 4-8 Big 12) broke its program record for steals in a season and Erica Miller broke the record for RBI in a season as the home team fell to Texas Tech (29-21, 3-9 Big 12), 15-5, at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
Freshman Brittany Gomez stole two bases on Sunday, totaling 24 individual steals and breaking the Cyclone team single-season record for steals with 71 this season.
At bat in the bottom of the fifth, Miller singled, driving in her second run of the day and 45th of the season, topping Tori Torrescano’s 44 RBI from 2012. Miller was 2-for-3 at the plate on Sunday, the only Cyclone with multiple hits on the day.
With two outs in the top of the second, the Tech batters got going, scoring two runs on RBI-singles from Samantha Camello and Sydnie Tapia off Cyclone starter Torrescano (10-10). Torrescano allowed five runs on six hits while walking two and fanning three in three and two-thirds innings in the circle.
Miller got one back for Iowa State in the bottom of the third with a two-out single to right but was thrown out trying to go to second on the throw home, ending the Cyclone half of the inning.
Tech pitcher Gretchen Aucoin hit her first career home run, a two-run shot to left, in the top of the fourth for a 5-1 lead that Lexi Slater cut to 5-2 with an RBI-groundout in the bottom of the frame, scoring Torrescano who led off the inning with her ninth double of the season.
In the fifth, the Red Raiders plated three runs before recording an out. After a fly out and a strikeout, Mikey Kinney singled home two of her four runs of the contest for a 10-2 lead, but Iowa State would not go quietly, scoring three runs in its half of the fifth.
Aly Cappaert started things off in the fifth with an infield single, hit hard at the Tech third baseman. Jorden Spendlove bunted; trying to sacrifice pinch runner Alex Tinaglia to second but the Tech throw to second was late, leaving two on with no outs. Gomez doubled to the outfield wall to drive a run before pinch hitter Liana Henry hit a sac fly to right and Miller singled to make the score 10-5.
Back at it in the top of the sixth, Texas Tech scored five more runs, including one on a throwing error by Iowa State, to bring about the final of 15-5 as the Cyclones were unable to send another runner across home plate in their last turn at the plate.
Aucoin (6-2) got the win with four and a third innings of work in which she was charged with five runs on five Cyclone hits and one walk. She also struck out a batter.
The Cyclones will play six games on the road next week, starting with a 6 p.m. CDT first pitch at Drake on Tuesday, April 23.