Iowa State Hosts Drake in Home Finale
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- Iowa State will host its final home and final non-conference game of the 2014 season Tuesday at 4 p.m. when the Cyclones take on the Drake Bulldogs in their second match-up of the season.
- ISU will be looking to avenge its loss to Drake in Des Moines on April 9. The Cyclones stormed out to a 5-0 lead before Drake’s first at-bat, but the Bulldogs went on to score 10 unanswered runs to move ahead 10-5. ISU scored four runs in the top of the seventh, but could not find the needed runs to move ahead and Drake left with a 10-9 win.
- Rachel Hartman has been on a tear for Iowa State in the last month. In ISU’s last 15 games, Hartman is hitting .522 with 23 hits, 13 RBIs, 11 runs, seven doubles and two home runs. Hartman’s season batting average of .393 ranks fifth in the Big 12.
- Brittany Gomez continues to be one of the most prolific lead-off hitters in the country, ranking sixth in the Big 12 with her .389 batting average. Gomez has 68 hits on the season, marking the third-60+ hit season in Iowa State history. The sophomore got one of those two seasons last year when she recorded 66 hits.
- During Iowa State’s doubleheader against Northern Illinois, Gomez became Iowa State’s all-time leader in career stolen bases. The sophomore, now with 53 steals to her name in her career, beat the record of 48 previously held by Adi Blackmon (2000-03). Gomez’s 22 steals in 2014 puts her fifth in the Big 12 54th in the NCAA.
- Against Drake, Gomez became the first player in ISU history to record two seasons with at least 20 stolen bases.
- Lexi Slater came into 2014 with a career batting average of .248 in her first two seasons as a Cyclone. This year, the junior has become one of Iowa State’s biggest batting threats, hitting .348 with a .613 slugging percentage. She leads the Big 12 with 15 doubles in 2014. Her eight home runs this season is the most in a single season in Slater’s career.
- Sara Davison has been one of the most disciplined hitters in the country in 2014. Iowa State’s career walks leader with 83 to her name, 20 coming in 2014, ranks 47th in the NCAA among batters that are most difficult to strikeout. The senior has only struck out seven times in 139 at bats in 2014.