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Weekend Trip To Kansas Is Next For Cyclones

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Release: 04/19/2012
         
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AMES, Iowa - After coming from behind to beat Iowa, 4-3, on Wednesday , the Cyclones (13-28, 1-11 Big 12) return to conference play this weekend, traveling to Kansas (26-15, 3-12 Big 12) Friday through Sunday.

The Cyclones and Jayhawks split a pair of games in 2011, Iowa State taking the first game, 4-3, and scoring the winning run on a fifth-inning RBI-groundout by catcher Amandine Habben. Kansas came back in game two, winning 8-6, behind a grand slam from Maggie Hull.

While Iowa State will enter the weekend series on a high from its win over Iowa, Kansas enters looking to get out of a three game slump after being swept by Texas last weekend on the road.

Hull leads the Jayhawks, hitting .398 this season but drops to third on the team in conference play, hitting .333. In 14 league games this season, Chanin Naudin is hitting .378, tops on the club.

After hitting her 26th career-home run on Wednesday, and moving into a tie for second all-time at Iowa State, Miller is on a career-best 13-game hitting streak as she leads the Cyclones into Lawrence. Outfielder Jorden Smith has also been hot as of late with a four-game hitting streak and is batting .455 over the Cyclones' last five games.

Friday the squads kick off the weekend with a 5 p.m. CST first pitch. Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for 2 p.m. and noon, respectively.

Cyclone Notebook              

  • Iowa State heads to Lawrence, Kan. this weekend after its come-from-behind walk-off win over Iowa, 4-3, on Wednesday at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
  • Against the Hawkeyes, Erica Miller hit her 26th career home run, tying her for second all-time at Iowa State. The long ball was the junior's second in as many games.
  • Miller also drove in the winning run for the Cyclones with a one-out single to left in the bottom of the seventh inning.
  • Miller's two hits against Iowa extend her career-long hitting streak to 13 games.
  • The win was a first for Iowa State when trailing after six innings (1-16) and when its opponent hits two or more home runs (1-16). The Hawkeyes hit three homers in the contest.
  • On the year, Iowa State is 12-6 when its opponent scores no more than five runs.
  • Both teams Wednesday had seven hits. Iowa State is 2-0 this season when equaling its foe in hits.
  • Miller has heated up over the Cyclones' last 10 games, hitting .400 and slugging .686 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
  • Tori Torrescano is sitting on 11 home runs this season, tied with herself, Miller and Lindsey Herrin for the most home runs in a single-season at Iowa State.
  • Torrescano is one home run away from joining Miller and Alex Johnson (2006-10) with the second-most home runs in program history.
  • Iowa State's 30 home runs this season is eight shy of the program record of 38, set by the 2008 squad.
  • The trio of Miller, Torrescano and Lexi Slater is blowing away the competition in clutch situations this season. Combined, the three are hitting .351 with runners, .415 with runners in scoring position, .400 (4-for-10) with the bases loaded and .368 with two outs. Torrescano and Slater are a combined .405 with two outs.
  • No surprise that the trio also lead the squad in two-out RBIs. Torrescano leads Iowa State with 23, followed by Slater (15) and Miller (10).

 Notable Big 12 Rankings 

  • Iowa State is second in the Big 12 this season with 365 assists. Dalyn Varela (93, 5th), Lexi Slater (89, 6th) and Sara Davison (76, 8th) all rank in the top-10 for individual assists.
  • The Cyclones are third with nine double plays turned.
  • Erica Miller ranks in the top-10 in the conference in several categories: batting average (.385, 6th), slugging (.656, 9th), hits (47, T7th), and total bases (80, T8th).
  • Fellow junior Tori Torrescano boasts three top-10 areas: slugging (.667, 7th), RBIs (36, T7th) and home runs (11, T5th).
  • Davison is tied for fifth in the Big 12 with seven sacrifice bunts.
  • Slater is ahead of Miller in doubles, tied for fourth with 10, including her lead-off double in the first inning against Iowa on Wednesday.
  • Varela has been hit by a pitch six times this season, tied for third-most in the league.
  • The senior has also helped turn seven double plays, tied for second in the Big 12
  • Miller's 296 putouts ranks fourth.
  • The Cyclones' 35 total bases against Brown are tops in the league and their six home runs in the same game ties 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), RBIs (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 is one of three players with a league-best four runs scored in a game. Miller had four runs scored against Brown.
  • In league play, the Cyclones are second in assists with 119 and tied for first with five double plays turned. Slater (34, 3rd) and Varela (29, T6th) rank in the top-10 individually.
  • Against Big 12 opponents, Miller is fifth in batting (.395), sixth in slugging (.763), tied for seventh in RBIs (11), fifth in home runs (4) and tied for fourth in total bases (29).
  • Miller and Varela are fourth in the Big 12, having turned three double plays against conference foes.
  • Miller has 98 putouts against Big 12 teams, ranked fifth.
  • Iowa State's 34 at bats against Oklahoma State in game one of April 14's double header ties for the most at bats by a team during league play this season.

 Getting to Know Kansas  

  • The Jayhawks lead the all-time series 45-35.
  • The teams split a two-game series in 2011, the Cyclones taking game one 4-3 and falling 6-8 in game two.
  • In last season's win, Amandine Habben grounded out to score Iowa State's winning run.
  • Heidi Kidwell, Sara Davison and Erica Miller each had two hits for the Cyclones.
  • In the second game of the series, Kansas scored eight runs on eight hits, including a grand slam from Maggie Hull.
  • Tori Torrescano went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Cyclone loss.
  • Kansas is 26-15 overall and 3-12 in the Big 12 this season with a win at Baylor and two wins at home against Oklahoma State.,
  • Hull (.398), Maddie Stein (.375), Cassen Salamone (.324) and Ashley Newman (.305) are all hitting over .300 this season but Chanin Naudin leads the squad with a .378 average in 14 conference game starts.
  • Newman has been perfect in base thefts this season, stealing 19 bases in as many attempts. Only two of those thefts have come in league play.
  • Pitcher Alicia Pille leads the Jayhawks with a 2. 31 ERA, 13-8 record and 147 strikeouts this spring.
  • Pille's ERA bumps up to 3.43 in the Big 12 with a 2-6 record and 39 K's.
  • Kansas is on a three-game losing streak entering the weekend, swept by Texas last weekend.

 


 

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