Week Of Road Games Begins in Des Moines
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (19-24, 4-8 Big 12) takes on Drake and Minnesota this week in non-conference action before heading back into Big 12 play this weekend.
Tuesday’s game at Drake will be the second meeting between the teams this season. Iowa State edged the Bulldogs, 6-5, in Ames earlier this month behind a two-run home run from freshman designated player Aly Cappaert. Fellow freshman Brittany Gomez with 3-for-4 at the plate against Drake and is coming off a strong weekend against Texas Tech where she hit .400, scored four runs and had two stolen bases.
On Wednesday at Minnesota, Iowa State will face a Gopher team that has not played since April 16 due to three-straight cancellations. The Gophers have only played three games at home this season, the last one on April 7.
Kaitlyn Richardson (.477) and Tyler Walker (.406) have been outstanding at the plate for Minnesota this season but the offense drops off sharply after them, no other player hitting above .235. However, when they get on base, the Gophers get moving; four players, three starters, have at least 10 steals on the year.
Iowa State will be looking to add steals to its record number of 71 for the season. Gomez’s two steals on Sunday broke the team single-season record. With 24 steals to her name this season, Gomez is two steals shy of reaching Iowa State’s all-time stolen base top-10 list.
Tuesday’s game at Drake is slated for 6 p.m. CDT and the games at Minnesota will be at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
• Iowa State starts a six-game road trip this week with visits to Drake for one game and Minnesota for a Wednesday doubleheader.
• Iowa State’s game at Drake is in its third schedule slot, originally slated for March 26, moved to April 10 and then April 23.
• Last weekend against Texas Tech, the Cyclones broke the team single-season stolen base record, counting 71 so far this season, led by freshman Brittany Gomez’s record 24 steals.
• Gomez stole second twice on Sunday, the seventh two-steal game of her debut season. With 24 steals this season, Gomez is two shy of making Iowa State’s career top-10 steals list.
• Gomez crossed home plate four times against the Red Raiders, leaving her with 44 runs scored this season, one shy of the single-season record.
• Erica Miller drove in three runs, one Friday and two on Sunday, against the Red Raiders for a single-season record of 45 RBI.
• Torrescano drove in two runs against Tech is sits on 42 RBI this season. The senior also counts 130 RBI in her career, just the third Cyclone to ever amass that many.
• Miller is the RBI record holder with 142.
• Pinch running on Friday, Sarah Hawryluk stole second base, making her the only Cyclone in history, other than Gomez, to steal 20 bases in a season.
• Sophomore Lexi Slater led the team with four RBI against Tech while fellow middle infielder Sara Davison showcased restraint at the plate, earning four walks.
• Slater’s home run on Saturday is her third this season and the team’s 30th. The 2013 squad is the fourth team in Iowa State history to reach 30 homers in a season.
• Eight Cyclones have walked at least 10 times this season, led by Torrescano (26) and Miller (23) and are seven shy of the team record, 148, set in 2011.
• Maddie Reese joined Jorden Spendlove and Erica Miller with a team-high 10 doubles on the year.
• Over the last two seasons, Iowa State has struggled in pinch hitting situations, hitting .200 in 2012 and .038 in 2011. No player with multiple pinch hit at-bats has hit above .167 in either of those seasons. This season, Iowa State is hitting .324 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry is 6-for-10 (.600) in pinch hitting appearances this season.
• The Cyclones are 15-2 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents.
• The team is 15-3 both when its foes score five or fewer runs and 17-3 when a game is tied or when the Cyclones lead after four innings.
• At the national level, Iowa State is seventh in double plays per game, turning seven DPs this season for an average of 0.53 per seven innings.
• The team is 29th in fielding with a mark of .970.
• Torrescano ranks 27th in home runs and her total of 13 averages 37th in the nation for home runs per game.
• Miller’s 44 RBI averages out to 1.05 RBI per game, the 44th-most among Division I players.
• Not surprising is that Gomez (39th) and Hawryluk (51) are among or just outside the top-50 players in stolen bases this season. Gomez ranks 39th in the nation in steals per game.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings
On the season:
• Tori Torrescano is fourth in the league with 13 home runs, sixth with 42 RBI, 10th in total bases with 86 and sixth with a slugging percentage of .723.
• Erica Miller is fourth in the league with 45 RBI and seventh with an OPB of .493.
• Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk are two of nine players with more than one triple this season and tied for fourth in the league with two each.
• Gomez ranks third with 24 stolen bases on the year and Hawryluk is sixth with 20 steals.
• Gomez is seventh with 52 hits on the year and fourth with 44 runs scored.
• Torrescano is among the top-10 pitchers in the league in wins (10, T9th), saves (2, T2nd), innings pitched (129.1, 6th), appearances (28, T6th), starts (21, 6th) and complete games (9, 7th).
• Taylor Smith is also tied for second in the league with two saves this season.
In conference play:
• Iowa State is third in hitting with a .257 average, behind Oklahoma and Texas.
• Miller is fifth and Gomez is sixth in the Big 12 with averages of .367 and .357, respectively.
• Gomez leads the Cyclones and is second in the league with 15 hits in conference play.
• Torrescano is third in the league in home runs (3), sixth in runs scored (9), first in doubles (5), third in RBI (11) and fourth in total bases (23) while coming in fifth with a slugging percentage of .676.
• Miller is tied with Torrescano in the RBI rankings, is second with four doubles, with 11 this season and sits fourth on OPB with a percentage of .500.
• Lexi Slater is tied for third along with Torrescano with three conference home runs, sits seventh with 10 RBI, seventh with 19 total bases and ranks seventh in slugging (.633)
• Maddie Reese is tied for second with four doubles, is sixth with 20 total bases and ranks ninth in slugging with a .556 mark.
• Gomez is fourth in stolen bases with four, second with 12 runs scored and eighth in total bases, with 17.
• Hawryluk is fifth with five stolen bases.
• Torrescano ranks in the top-10 in saves (1, T2nd), innings pitched (23.1, 9th) and starts (5, T7th)
• Smith also has one save and is tied for fifth with nine appearances.
• Freshman Riley Fisher is third in the league with 10 appearances and is fourth with seven starts.
• Iowa State defeated Drake, 6-5, in Ames earlier this season.
• Tori Torrescano threw a complete game against the Bulldogs, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while compiling a season-high six strikeouts.
• Aly Cappaert hit her only home run of the season in the win, a two-run shot.
• Brittany Gomez was 3-for-4 at the plate against Drake.
• Nicole Randel and Laura Brewer each drove in two runs in the game. Randel was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run while Brewer finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.
• Iowa State is 30-42 against the Gophers, losing the teams’ last four meetings.
• Minnesota is 26-15 this season and 12-6 in Big Ten play. The Gophers have played three games at home and none since April 7.
• Wednesday will be the first games for Minnesota since April 16 after its last three games have been cancelled.
• Kaitlyn Richardson is hitting .477 with 32 RBI and 25 walks this season, and Tyler Walker is hitting .406 with 18 walks and 18 stolen bases.
• After Richardson and Walker, the Gopher hitting drops off, with the third-best average on the team reaching just .235.
• Four Gophers, three starters, have at least 10 stolen bases this season, led by Erica Meyer’s 19.
• Sara Moulton, who defeated Iowa State twice in 2012, is back this season. Moulton is 22-9 on the year with a 1.61 ERA and 214 strikeouts.