Cyclones Face In-State Rivals This Week
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Cyclones (21-29, 4-11 Big 12) hit the road this week for games at intrastate rivals Iowa (26-23, 5-15 Big Ten) and UNI (22-24, 12-8 MVC) on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Wednesday’s game at Iowa is part of the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series.
The Cyclones are coming off a doubleheader against UMKC in which the team scored 17 runs on 19 hits. In the two-game series, sophomore Lexi Slater (3-for-8) and freshman Aly Cappaert (4-for-6) combined for 11 RBI and three home runs. Cappaert went long once in each contest while Slater smacked her second career grand slam in the opening game.
Iowa was on its own hot streak this season, knocking off six top-25 non-conference opponents, before entering Big Ten play where the Hawkeyes are 5-15 this season with one win over a ranked opponent. Megan Blank leads the team with a .450 average, 11 home runs and 58 RBI; Johnnie Dowling is the team’s biggest stolen base threat, swiping 17 bags on the season.
Gina Brown was one of two UNI Panthers with two RBI against the Cyclones last season and Brown is back at the helm of the 2013 squad, driving in 21 runs, ahead of Haley Kriener’s 20 RBI. UNI ace Jamie Fisher has started 31 games and completed 27 this season, collecting 160 strikeouts and handing out just 79 walks from the circle.
Both Wednesday and Thursday’s games will begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT.
• Iowa State will play two intrastate rivals this week, at Iowa on Wednesday for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series game and at UNI on Thursday.
• Iowa State has rescheduled its game at Drake for 7 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 7.
• Against UMKC on Monday, the Cyclones scored 17 runs on 19 hits in the two-game sweep.
• Lexi Slater drove in seven runs against the ‘Roos, including four on her second career grand slam.
• Aly Cappaert finished the day with two doubles and two home runs, driving in four and scoring three runs.
• Sarah Hawryluk (2), Brittany Gomez and Maddie Reese had stolen bases on Monday. Reese’s theft was her 10th of the season, making 2013 the first season since 2010 that three Cyclones have reached 10 steals in the same season. Gomez owns the Iowa State record with 27 steals on the year and Hawryluk has 25; both players have attempted 29 steals.
• In her freshman season, Gomez already ranks in the top-10 all-time at Iowa State in stolen bases.
• Gomez has also broken the program record for runs scored, crossing home 48 times this year.
• Along with Slater and Cappaert’s homers, Reese also connected for her third long ball of the season.
• Iowa State has hit 36 home runs this season, two shy of the program record.
• As a team, the Cyclones hit .352 against the Kangaroos, lifting the team average to .289 on the season. In its last five games, not including No. 1 Oklahoma, Iowa State is hitting .319.
• Erica Miller became the first Cyclone to ever post 50 RBI in a season on Monday with a sac fly in the day’s first game.
• 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 .314 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry is 6-for-11 (.545) in pinch hitting appearances this season.
• The Cyclones are 17-3 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents.
• The team is 17-3 when its foes score five or fewer runs and 19-3 when a game is tied or when the Cyclones lead after four innings.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings - April 29
On the season:
• Erica Miller is 10th in the league with a batting average of .382, fourth in RBI (49) and seventh in on-base percentage (.494).
• Tori Torrescano is fifth in the league with 13 home runs, ninth with 42 RBI and ninth with a slugging percentage of .672.
• Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk are two of 10 players with more than one triple this season and tied for fifth in the league with two each.
• Gomez ranks third with 26 stolen bases on the year and Hawryluk is sixth with 22 steals.
• Gomez is sixth with 45 runs scored.
• Torrescano is among the top-10 pitchers in the league in wins (10, T9th), saves (2, T3rd), innings pitched (135.2, 7th), appearances (30, 7th), starts (23, T6th) and complete games (9, 7th).
• Taylor Smith is also tied for third in the league with two saves this season and is eighth with 29 appearances.
In conference play:
• Iowa State is fourth in hitting with a .247 average.
• Miller is fifth with a .400 batting average, second in doubles with four, third with 12 RBI, fifth in on-base percentage (.533) and ninth in slugging (.600)
• Gomez leads the Cyclones and is eighth in the league with 15 hits in conference play.
• Torrescano is fifth in the league in home runs (3), first in doubles (5), eighth in RBI (11), seventh in total bases (24) and seventh with a slugging percentage of .615.
• Lexi Slater is tied for fifth along with Torrescano with three conference home runs.
• Maddie Reese is tied for second with four doubles and is 10th with 22 total bases.
• Five Big 12 players have at least four doubles this season, three are from Iowa State (Torrescano, Reese and Miller) and the other two are from Oklahoma. Torrescano is the conference leader with five doubles.
• Gomez is sixth with 12 runs scored.
• Hawryluk is seventh with five stolen bases.
• Torrescano ranks in the top-10 in saves (1, T2nd) and starts (6, T8th)
• Smith also has one save, is eighth with 34.2 innings of work and is tied for fourth with 11 appearances.
• Freshman Riley Fisher is fourth in the league with 11 appearances and is sixth with seven starts.
• Iowa State is 39-34-1 all-time against the Hawkeyes.
• The teams split meetings in 2012 with Iowa State winning the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk meeting in Ames, 4-3.
• Erica Miller drove in three runs in the win, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
• Tori Torrescano allowed three runs and no walks in 5.2 innings of work against Iowa in Ames.
• Iowa is 26-23 overall and 5-15 in the Big Ten this season.
• The Hawkeyes defeated five ranked non-conference opponents before their struggles began in Big Ten play where they have one win over a ranked team (#19 Nebraska).
• Megan Blank is hitting .450 for the Hawks with 11 home runs and 58 RBI.
• Johnnie Dowling is second on the team in average (.351) and leads the squad with 17 stolen bases on the year.
• Ace Kayla Massey is 14-12 with a 3.17 ERA this season and has struck out 97 batters in 172.1 innings.
• Iowa State 37-36-1 all-time against the Panthers.
• UNI defeated Iowa State, 8-0, in Ames last season behind two RBI each from Gina Brown and Whitney Plein.
• Brown leads the 22-24 Panthers in RBI this season with 21 and Haley Kriener is right behind with 20 RBI.
• UNI, who is 12-8 in the MVC this season, will play at Bradley on Tuesday before hosting the Cyclones on Thursday.
• Micalla Rettinger and Kristin Lock are the only starters hitting above .300 this season, each player with a .308 average.
• Lock also leads the team with 12 stolen bases.
• 31-game starter Jamie Fisher is 17-13 with a 2.07 ERA this season. Fisher has struck out 160 batters and walked just 79 this season.