Torrescano Makes History in 6-5 Loss To Mizzou
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State junior Tori Torrescano hit a grand slam on Saturday, tying the all-time Iowa State record of 27 career home runs and tallying a school-record 43 RBIs this season, but the late rally by Iowa State (14-33, 2-16 Big 12) fell short against No. 10 Missouri (37-10, 14-7 Big 12), the Tigers eking out the 6-5 win.
The Tigers started the game with three runs in the first inning. Kelsea Roth brought in the first two runs of the game on a two-run double to score teammates Mackenzie Sykes and Ashley Fleming. Roth was brought home on teammate Corrin Genovese's sacrifice fly.
After the first inning, Torrescano, pitching her second game of the series, settled in and held the Tigers scoreless for the next four innings.
Neither team was able to get back on the board until the sixth inning when the Tigers added three more runs to their lead. Kayla Kingsley had an RBI single early on in the sixth, followed by a two-run double by Sykes. Sykes' double score Kingsley and Rachel Hay, giving Missouri a 6-0 lead.
The Cyclones refused to go away and responded in the bottom of the sixth on Torrescano's grand slam, the third of her collegiate career, closing the Mizzou lead to two runs, 6-4.
After holding the Tigers scoreless in the top of the seventh, the Cyclones scored again when pinch hitter Anna Cole singled and crossed the plate on a Sara Davison two-out RBI-single.
A walk to Erica Miller loaded the bases, as Lexi Slater, who singled earlier in the frame, advanced to third and Davison took second base but Miller was erased on a fielder's choice by Torrescano to end the game and Iowa State's quest to overcome a six-run lead for the just second time in program history.
Torrescano (8-23) pitched all seven innings for the Cyclones, giving up six runs on nine hits. Bailey Erwin (6-0) got the win for Missouri, pitching four innings while giving up no runs on four hits and Kristin Notelmann (1) recorded the save for the visitors.
The Cyclones will be back in action on Friday at Baylor at 6:30 CST.