Intrastate Rival UNI Up Next For Cyclones
AMES, Iowa – On Wednesday, Iowa State (14-19, 0-3 Big 12) will head to Cedar Falls for a game with intrastate rival Northern Iowa (13-19, 3-4 MVC).
Leading the Cyclone offense into the game at UNI is sophomore Jorden Spendlove who hit .556 at No. 16 Baylor last weekend, the top batting average in the Big 12 after the first full weekend of conference play. Spendlove enters Wednesday’s game on a 10-game hitting streak, the longest of her career and the first double-digit hitting streak for Iowa State this season.
The Cyclone offense, which has compiled 75 extra-base hits this season, will get its chance for more against UNI as ace Jamie Fisher has allowed 33 extra-base hits this season. Spendlove’s face-offs with Fisher could be intriguing given Spendlove’s 10 doubles and Fisher’s 21 doubles allowed.
On offense, the Panthers are hitting .233 and have been outscored, 153-95 for the season Micalla Rettinger and Caitlin Wnek each have a team-high 12 RBI this season, followed closely by Julia Hunter who has driven in 10 runs this season.
Wednesday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT at Robinson-Dresser Stadium.
• A trip to UNI on Wednesday precedes the Cyclones’ home opener next weekend against Oklahoma State.
• Sophomore Jorden Spendlove was solid in Iowa State’s first Big 12 series last weekend at No. 16 Baylor. Spendlove hit .556, best in the league for the weekend, with five hits and two RBI.
• Spendlove had a hit in each of Iowa State’s games at Baylor, extending her hitting streak to a career-best 10 games.
• Tori Torrescano was one of two Big 12 players with multiple home runs in the league’s first full weekend of play. One of Torrescano’s homers came with two outs. Of her 12 home runs this season, five have come with two outs.
• Spendlove and Torrescano lead Iowa State in two-out RBI this season with 12 and 16, respectively.
• For the season, the Cyclones have driven in 62 two-out runs, totaling 37 percent of their overall RBI. Opponents have 53 two-out RBI against Iowa State.
• Torrescano led Iowa State with four RBI against the Bears.
• After 33 games, nine against ranked opponents, six Cyclones are hitting above .300 this season, led by Erica Miller’s .383 average.
• Torrescano is two long-balls shy of her single-season record set in 2012 and she is closing in on the Iowa State single-season walks record as well, with 21 on the year. Sydni Jones walked 26 times in 2010.
• Miller has totaled 18 walks this season, the most for the senior in a single season.
• Iowa State has been stronger at the plate against right-handed pitchers this season, hitting .306 as a team. Against lefties, the Cyclones are hitting .231.
• Including Spendlove and Maddie Reese each getting a hit last weekend with the bases loaded, Iowa State is hitting .512 in such situations this season.
• Each of Iowa State’s four players with five at-bats with full bases is hitting above .300 in those situations.
• With runners in scoring position, Iowa State is hitting .319 which the Cyclone hurlers are holding foes to .298 in such situations.
• Five Cyclones have better than a .300 RISP, including Miller’s .462 average, Reese with a .424 mark and Spendlove with a .421 average.
• 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 .303 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry is 6-for-10 (.600) in pinch hitting appearances this season.
• The Cyclones are 14-2 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents.
• The team is 13-3 both when its foes score five or fewer runs and when a game is tied or when the Cyclones lead after four innings.
• The first inning is key for the Cyclones this season. The squad is 9-5 when it scores in the opening frame and 9-3 when leading after one inning. However, the Cyclones are 2-12 when their opponent touches home in the first and 1-11 when trailing after one inning.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings
On the season:
• Tori Torrescano is third in the league with 12 home runs, ninth in walks with 21, tied for fifth with 35 RBI, 10th in total bases with 73 and fifth with a slugging percentage of .793.
• Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk are two of seven players with more than one triple this season and tied for third in the league with two.
• Gomez ranks third with 21 stolen bases on the year and Hawryluk has also cracked the top 10, coming in seventh with 12 steals.
• Gomez it tied for sixth with 34 runs scored.
• Jorden Spendlove is fourth with 10 doubles.
• Erica Miller’s .491 OBP is ninth in the league.
• Torrescano is among the top-10 pitchers in the league in innings pitched (100.2, 7th), appearances (22, 6th), starts (16, T6th) and complete games (8, T7th).
In conference play:
• Spendlove is first in the league with a batting average of .556, one of two players who hit .500 or better in the first full weekend of Big 12 play.
• Also in the top-10 in batting are Miller (.429, 6th) and Torresano (.333, 10th)
• In the circle, Taylor Smith and Riley Fisher rank sixth and eighth, respectively, in ERA. Smith posted a 2.62 ERA against No. 16 Baylor and Fisher had a 4.67 ERA in her Big 12 debut series.
• Spendlove also leads the league with a .600 OPB, is ninth with a .556 slugging mark and is seventh with five hits last weekend.
• Torrescano is one of two players with two homers in the opening weekend and is eighth with three runs scored.
• With a slugging percentage of 1.111 last weekend, Torrescano is tops in the Big 12 and just one of two players who slugged 1.000 or better (Mikey Kenney, Texas Tech).
• The senior also cracks the top-10 in RBI (four, 5th), and total bases (10, 3rd).
•Miller and Maddie Reese were two of four players with two doubles last weekend.
• Miller is third in OPB with a .556 mark and is fifth with .714 slugging numbers.
• Iowa State holds a 37-36 series edge over the Panthers, after losing in Ames in 2012.
• UNI is 13-19 this season and 3-4 in Missouri Valley play.
• No Panther regulars are hitting .300 or above this season but Nicole Fisher (.296), Micalla Rettinger (.295) and Kristin Lock (.294) are closing in.
• UNI has been outscored 153-95 by opponents this season.
• Jamie Fisher has started 20 games in the circle for UNI this season, going 10-10. She has 17 complete games and an ERA of 2.37, best on the squad.
• Among Fisher’s 33 extra-base hits allowed this season are 21 doubles and eight home runs.