Cyclones, Torrescano Make History In Win At Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Iowa State (14-29, 2-12 Big 12) mounted its largest conference comeback in the Big 12 era and junior Tori Torrescano broke the school record for single-season home runs as the Cyclones defeated Kansas (27-16, 4-13 Big 12) 10-9 on Saturday.
Iowa State fell behind, 6-0, after one inning of play before Torrescano smashed a 1-0 pitch from Morgan Druhan over the left field wall, cutting the lead in half, 6-3. Amber Ewert and Sara Davison scored on the long ball after each player had walked earlier in the frame. With three RBIs on Saturday, Torrescano totals 39 RBIs in her third season at Iowa State, one shy of the single-season record.
Rounding out her day, Torrescano (8-20), who started the game in left field, entered to pitch in the fifth inning and picked up the win after three innings of work, giving up a single run on four hits, walking one and fanning two.
After a fourth inning two-run home run by Maddie Stein put Kansas up 8-3, Iowa State started its second five-plus-runs comeback in the fifth. Lexi Slater led off with a single, Davison reached on an error by Jayhawks third baseman Chanin Naudin and Torrescano walked to load the bases for Erica Miller, who doubled to right-center, driving in two runs.
Miller finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs. The junior is hitting .422 with 15 RBIs in league play this season and has 97 career RBIs, third all-time at Iowa State. In her last 10 games, Miller is hitting .471 with 14 RBIs and a scorching slugging percentage of .882.
Following Miller's double, Friday's winning pitcher, Alicia Pille, relieved Kristin Martinez and walked her first batter, Dalyn Varela, to load the bases again. Back-to-back singles by Sara Rice and Kayla Hardiman brought home two more runs, bringing the Cyclones within a run, down 8-7.
Leading off again in the sixth, Slater and Davison singled back-to-back, putting runners on first and second. Slater moved to third on a fly out from Torrescano, coming around to tie the score, 8-8, on a sacrifice fly from Miller.
Up next, Varela worked a full count before taking the sixth pitch from Pille deep to left for her first home run of the season and giving the Cyclones their first lead of the game, 10-8.
Kansas attempted its own comeback in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a run on a sac fly from Liz Kocon but would get no closer as Lexi Bryant fouled out to Miller to end the game.
Pille (14-9) recorded the loss for Kansas after three innings of work, allowing five hits, a walk and three runs. Pille struck out one batter.
Kansas opened up a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the opening frame, scoring three unearned runs off Cyclone starter Taylor Smith, who was removed with two outs in the inning after allowing four hits, an earned run and walking two of the eight batters she faced.
A throwing error by Miller scored the first run of the game and Kocon doubled to center for the only earned run of the first inning. After a run-down between third and home to erase Naudin from the base paths, Kansas plated two more runs on a single and an Iowa State passed ball.
The Jayhawks added two more runs in the bottom of the second with a two-run home run off the bat of Maddie Stein for the 6-0 lead. Lauren Kennewell entered the circle in place of Madison Jones after Jones threw one plus inning, giving up two runs on two hits.
Sunday's rubber match between the Cyclones and Jayhawks will begin at noon CST at Arrocha Ballpark.