Cyclones Set Nine Records In 2013
AMES, Iowa – 2013 was a banner year for Iowa State softball (21-34, 4-14 Big 12). The offense set nine team records, including records for highest batting average and the most runs driven in during a season, and the stellar defense posted a record-high fielding percentage while turning the fourth-most double plays in the nation.
Two of the Cyclones’ record 284 runs during the spring came in a 2-1 upset win over No. 8 Oregon in Iowa State’s first win over a top-10 team since 2009. The Cyclones christened the new Cyclone Sports Complex with a sweep of Oklahoma State, April 5-7, in the first conference sweep for Iowa State since the Big 12 moved to the three-game series format in 2012.
Junior Sarah Hawryluk became the first Cyclone since 2007 to win the Big 12 Player of the Week Award on April 8 after hitting .600 with four stolen bases and four runs scored in the sweep of the Cowgirls.
Seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano powered the Iowa State offense to 253 RBI in 2013, another school record, and Miller set a single-season record with 52 runs batted. Torrescano was close behind with 43 RBI and tied her own program record with 14 home runs, the last coming on the final day of the season. Patient at the plate, the seniors each walked 29 times during the year, another Iowa State-best.
Newcomers Brittany Gomez and Hawryluk made their presence known on the basepaths, stealing 31 and 26 bases, respectively. Gomez’s 31 thefts is a single-season record and the two are the only Cyclones to ever eclipse 25 steals in a season. Sophomore transfer Maddie Reese also got in on the basepath action, stealing 11 bases in as many attempts.
Gomez’s solid freshman campaign was not limited to her speed, although it did account for opponents’ frustration as the New Braunfels, Texas native routinely raced to catch balls that would be unreachable for anyone a step slower. Gomez led Iowa State with a .361 average, the highest ever by a Cyclone freshman, and scored a record 50 runs, just one of four Big 12 players to cross home 50 times in 2013. Gomez’s 66 hits for the season were another Iowa State-best and her 21 hits in conference play led the squad.
The Iowa State defense was stalwart on the year, especially in Big 12 play, turning 29 double plays overall and 12 against league opponents. The Cyclones hit into 14 double plays during the season, not one of them coming against a Big 12 team. Lexi Slater and Sara Davison were each a part of 12 double plays while playing short stop and second base, respectively. Slater played the entire season at short, and Davison split time between second and catcher where she caught seven would-be base stealers.
In addition to her pitchers’ duel win over the eighth-ranked Ducks, Torrescano threw a no-hitter against Elon during the Cyclones’ 10-game Florida road trip. Torrescano’s no-no was the second for the Cyclones as freshman Riley Fisher no-hit North Dakota on Feb. 10 at the Cyclone Invitational in Ames.
Postseason awards rolled in for several Cyclones after their successful seasons. Miller was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second consecutive year, her third conference honor, and Gomez earned her first postseason nod, elected to the all-conference second team. The duo was also honored by College Sports Madness, named to the website’s All-Big 12 Second Team. Miller capped her on-field career with a second selection to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Midwest Region Second Team.
For her quick reflexes and power arm that helped turn six double plays during the conference season, Slater was named the league’s top defensive short stop by the Big 12 coaches on the league’s inaugural All-Big 12 Defensive Team.
Academically strong, five Cyclones were named Academic All-Big 12, with Miller, Davison, Jorden Spendlove and Taylor Smith garnering first team accolades and Torrescano earning a spot on the second team.
• Iowa State finished 2013 with a 21-34 overall record, going 4-14 in the Big 12.
• The Cyclones broke team records for average, slugging, on-base percentage, fielding percentage, home runs, RBI, runs scored, walks and stolen bases during the season.
• The club ranks second all-time for hits and doubles in a season.
• Players also set single-season individual records for home runs (Torrescano, 14), RBI (Miller, 52), runs (Gomez, 50), walks (Miller and Torrescano, 29) and stolen bases (Gomez, 31).
• Seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano leave Iowa State holding records for home runs (Torrescano, 42), slugging (Torrescano, .615) and RBI (Miller, 149) in their careers.
• The duo combines for top-10 status in 11 career categories.
• Miller and Brittany Gomez were named to the All-Big 12 first and second teams, respectively while Lexi Slater was named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team as the league’s best defensive short stop.
• The Iowa State defense turned 29 double plays in 2013, most in the Big 12 and fourth-most in the nation.
• Four players (Miller, Gomez, Sarah Hawryluk, Aly Cappaert) hit above .300 this season.
• Cappaert finished the season on a season-long seven game hitting streak.
• Both Miller and Jorden Spendlove each put together 10-game hitting streaks this season. It was Miller’s second consecutive season with a double-digit hitting streak.
• Hawryluk’s 26 stolen bases make her the only other Cyclone than Gomez to post 25 stolen bases in a season.
• Gomez was one of two players in the Big 12 with 30 or more steals this season and one of three student-athletes to score 50 runs.
• In game two against Kansas, Gomez collected four hits, becoming the first freshman since Miller in 2010 to tally four hits in a game for Iowa State.
• Among Cyclone freshmen, Cappaert and Gomez are two of three to ever hit .300 in their first season at Iowa State, hitting .301 and .361, respectively.
• They are also two of the three freshmen to post an on-base percentage of .400. Cappaert’s final OBP was .402, Gomez at .400. Teammate Sara Davison is first on the list with a .408 OBP in 2011.
• Nine of Torrescano’s 14 home runs came on a neutral field.
• The Cyclone defense threw out 23 would-be base stealers for the season, the most since 2005.
• Batting with the bases loaded, the Cyclones hit .469, led by Miller’s 7-for-10 streak. Six players finished with bases-loaded averages of .500 or better.
• 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 hit .306 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry was 6-for-12 in pinch hitting appearances.
• The Cyclones were 17-3 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents.
• The team was 17-4 when its foes scored five or fewer runs and 19-5 when tied or leading after four innings.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings - FINAL
On the season:
• Brittany Gomez was fourth with 66 hits, second with 31 stolen bases and third with 50 runs scored.
• Sarah Hawryluk finished fifth in steals with 26. Baylor was the only other team with two players in the top-5 for steals.
• Tori Torrescano finished fourth in home runs with 14, 10th in RBI with 43 and was ninth with a slugging mark of .649.
• Erica Miller’s 52 RBI ranked fourth.
• In the circle, Torrescano ranked in the top-10 in wins (11), saves (2), innings pitched (162.1), appearances (36), starts (27) and complete games (11).
• Taylor Smith also had two saves on the year and finished eighth in the league with 34 appearances.
In conference play:
• Gomez’s 21 hits were sixth and the freshman was fifth in stolen bases with seven.
• Hawryluk was ninth with five steals.
• Lexi Slater ranked fifth in both home runs (4) and slugging (.622).
• Torrescano also had four home runs and finished second with five doubles and seventh in slugging (.617).
• Miller is one of seven players who finished with four doubles and ranked seventh in on-base percentage iwth a .481 mark.
• When pitching, Torrescano was one of five players with at least one save and was seventh with eight starts.
• Smith also has one save, was ninth in innings pitched (39.2) and seventh in appearance (13).
• Freshman Riley Fisher ranked ninth with 12 appearances and eighth in starts (7).
NFCA Honors Miller Again
• For the second-straight season, Erica Miller was named to the NFCA All-Midwest Region Second Team. Miller is the first Iowa State softball player since Erica Martinez in 2001-02 to earn multiple all-region honors.
Gomez, Miller Named All-Big 12 By College Sports Madness
• Brittany Gomez and Erica Miller were named to College Sports Madness’ All-Big 12 Second Team on May 11. It is the first CSM nod for Gomez and the second for Miller who was selected to the first team in 2012.
Trio Earns All-Big 12 Honors
• For the second-straight year, Erica Miller was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, the first Cyclone named to the first team in consecutive years since Erica Martinez in 2001-03.
Freshman Brittany Gomez earned second team honors after leading the Cyclones with .350 hitting and 21 hits in Big 12 play.
Short stop Lexi Slater was named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team at her position in the postseason team’s inaugural year. Slater helped turn 12 of Iowa State’s Big 12-best 29 double plays in 2013.
Five Cyclones Named To Academic All-Big 12 Teams
• Cyclones Erica Miller, Jorden Spendlove, Taylor Smith and Sara Davison were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and Tori Torrescano earned a second team selection for their work in the classroom during the 2012-13 school year.
Torrescano’s selection is her third career academic award while Miller and Davison each received their second-straight first team designation.
Team Sets Offensive Records
• The 2013 Cyclone offense raised the bar, setting single-season records in nine statistical categories:
Runs Scored: 284
Home Runs: 40
Stolen Bases: 89
Batting Average: .288
Slugging Percentage: .430
On-base Percentage: .369
Fielding Percentage: .964