Individuals Shone in 2012
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AMES, Iowa – Individual records fell for the second-straight year as the duo of Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano continued their hitting barrage on pitchers in the Big 12 and across the country.
The power-hitting Torrescano smashed 14 home runs in 2012, a Cyclone record. Her final homer of the year, off No. 3 Oklahoma, propelled her to first place all-time with 28 career home runs. Torrescano also collected the third grand slam of her career, hitting a four-run bomb off No. 10 Missouri in Ames. With 21 extra base hits on the year, it is no surprise Torrescano took down the single-season RBI record, plating 44 runs.
Growing in patience at the plate, Torrescano worked a team-high 24 walks in 2012 after never walking more than five times in either of her previous seasons. The San Diego, Calif. product’s walk total came just two base-on-balls shy of the single-season record. For her impact on the field, that included a .638 slugging mark, Torrescano was named to College Sports Madness’ All-Big 12 second team.
Miller, the Cyclone first baseman, earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Midwest Region honors for her contributions on the field. Miller hit .364 on the year for Iowa State, driving in 30 runs, hitting nine home runs and slugging .610. The Pomona, Calif. native’s batting average did not drop below .325 after March 3 and she finished the season ranked in the top-10 in the Big 12 in average, hits and doubles. At the end of her third year at Iowa State, Miller sits tied for second in program history with 27 home runs.
The Big 12 recognized Miller as a force within the conference, naming her to the All-Big 12 first team. Miller was a second team honoree in 2011. College Sports Madness also named Miller to its All-Big 12 top team.
Miller and Torrescano teamed with freshman Lexi Slater for six home runs, two per player, and 12 RBI as the Cyclones routed Brown, 17-3, in non-conference play. Slater started the scoring with a grand slam and tied the Cyclone single-game RBI record, driving in six runs against the Bears. Miller crossed home plate four times in the contest, one of three Big 12 players to score four runs in a game during the regular season.
The highlight of the 2012 season was the Cyclones, 2-1 win over No. 14 Texas A&M in Ames. Torrescano threw a complete game against the Aggies, allowing a single run on three hits. Sara Rice drove in both runs as Iowa State picked up its first win over a top-15 team since 2009.
The 2012 Cyclones (14-39, 2-22 Big 12) made history in Lawrence, Kan., coming back from deficits of 6-0 and 8-3 to beat the Jayhawks, 10-9, in the greatest Cyclone comeback in school history. Senior Dalyn sunk the Jayhawks for good with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning.
As they have in each of head coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler’s seven seasons in Ames, the team excelled in the classroom, placing seven players on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, including six first team selections. Sara Davison, Jennifer Drahozal, Erin Johnson, Lauren Kennewell, Miller and Torrescano represented Iowa State on the top team and Rice earned a spot on the second team.
• The Cyclones finished the 2012 season with a 14-39 overall record, going 2-22 in the Big 12 with wins over No. 14 Texas A&M and Kansas.
• Iowa State’s win over Kansas was the greatest comeback in program history as the team rallied from deficits of 0-6 and 3-8 to earn the 10-9 victory.
• The club’s win over the Aggies was the first win over a top-15 team since 2009.
• Erica Miller led the Cyclones with a .364 batting average and was named to the First Team All-Big 12, National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Midwest Region and College Sports Madness First Team All-Big 12.
• Fellow junior Tori Torrescano was named to College Sports Madness’ Second Team All-Big 12.
• Seven players earned academic honors from the Big 12 in 2012, including six first team selections. Sara Davison, Jennifer Drahozal, Erin Johnson, Lauren Kennewell, Miller and Torrescano represented the Cyclones on the top team and Sara Rice was selected to the second team.
• Torrescano broke several Iowa State records in 2012. The San Diego, Calif. native set single-season records for home runs (14) and RBI (44). Her home run total for the season brought her to a career total of 28 long balls, also tops at Iowa State. Torrescano walked 24 times, just two base-on-balls shy of the single-season record.
• In her previous two seasons, Torrescano had never walked more than five times in a single year.
• Miller smashed nine home runs during her junior campaign, tallying 27 dingers in her three year career, tied for second all-time at Iowa State.
• As a team, the Cyclones hit 36 homers, tied for second all-time in program history with the 2011 squad.
• Torrescano and freshman Lexi Slater each blasted grand slams for the Cyclones. Torrescano’s slam was the third of her career and came against No. 10 Missouri.
• Slater’s four-run long ball helped her to tie the Iowa State single-game RBI record as the short stop drove in six runs in Iowa State’s 17-3 win over Brown.
• Slater’s slam was the first of two home runs against the Bears. Miller and Torrescano also hit two home runs each in the contest.
• The most consistent producer for Iowa State, Miller’s average never dipped below .325 after March 3.
• Senior Dalyn Varela made her way toward the top of the record books as well in her final season, getting hit by a pitch eight times to climb to second all-time at Iowa State with 20 career HBPs.
• Sophomore transfer Taylor Smith recorded the Cyclones’ only shutout of the season, winning 1-0 against Drake at home on March 28.
• In the circle, Torrescano picked up the 2-1 complete game victory over the No. 14 Aggies.
• Improving again on defense, the Cyclones fielding percentage of .962 is the second highest in Iowa State history.
Notable Big 12 Rankings - Regular Season Only
• Iowa State was second in the Big 12 this season with 467 assists. Lexi Slater (116, 4th), Dalyn Varela (115, 5th), and Sara Davison (99, 9th) all ranked in the top-10 for individual assists.
• Erica Miller ranked in the top-10 in the conference in three categories: batting average (.364, 7th), hits (56, 9th) and doubles (11, T7th).
• Fellow junior Tori Torrescano also boasted three top-10 areas: slugging (.636, 9th), RBI (44, T7th) and home runs (14, T7th).
• Davison tied for third in the Big 12 with nine sacrifice bunts.
• Varela was hit by a pitch eight times this season, tied for third-most in the league.
• Miller’s 385 putouts were third-most in the conference and she helped turn nine double plays, ranked seventh.
• The Cyclones’ 35 total bases against Brown were tops in the league and their six home runs in the same game tied for the most this season by a Big 12 program.
• During their series, Iowa State and Texas Tech topped the league with the most runs scored (26), hits (27), RBI (23), total bases (42) and assists (32) in a game this season. The first four marks were set during the March 30 game, the other on April 1.
• Miller was one of three players with a league-best four runs scored in a game. Miller had crossed home four times against Brown.
• In league play, the Cyclones were second in assists with 221. Slater led the league with 61 assists and Varela (51, T6th) and Davison (46, T10th) also ranked in the top-10 individually.
• Against Big 12 opponents, Miller was ninth in batting average (.343), ninth in slugging (.614), tied for ninth in hits (24), tied ninth in home runs (5) and tied for seventh in total bases (43).
• Miller had 187 putouts against Big 12 teams, ranked third and seven double plays, ranked fifth.
• Although not by design, juniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano often hit doubles and home runs in the same game or back-to-back games this season.
Feb. 11 vs. Valparaiso - Torrescano
Feb. 12 vs. Green Bay - Miller
Feb. 12 vs. Western Illinois - Torrescano
March 4 vs. Brown - Each hit two
March 18 at St. Mary’s - Torrescano
March 23 vs. Texas - Miller
March 31 at Texas Tech - Miller
April 4 at Creighton (two game gap) - Torrescano (2)
April 6 vs. Texas A&M (two game gap) - Miller
April 14 at Oklahoma State - Each hit one
April 20 at Kansas - Miller
April 21 at Kansas - Torrescano
Feb. 12 vs. Green Bay - Each hit one
Feb. 23 vs. Oregon State - Torrescano
Feb. 24 vs. Colorado State - Miller
March 2 vs. Valparaiso - Torrescano (2)
March 3 vs. UTSA - Miller (2)
March 18 at St. Mary’s - Each hit one
March 24 vs. Texas - Each hit one
March 28 vs. Drake - Each hit one
Kidwell Out With Injury
• Senior centerfielder Heidi Kidwell missed the 2012 season due to injury. Kidwell will return in 2013.