Cyclones Host No. 10 Missouri
AMES, Iowa - The Cyclones (14-30, 2-13 Big 12) are at home this weekend, hosting No. 10 Missouri (34-10, 11-7 Big 12) in the final conference meeting between the teams before Missouri moves to the Southeastern Conference.
Last weekend at Kansas, juniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano continued ascent through the Iowa State record books, each making history by way of the long ball. In Friday's contest, Miller smashed her 27th career homer, tying her with Erica Martinez (2000-03) for the most home runs ever by a Cyclone. In Saturday's come-from-behind victory, Torrescano went deep for her 12 home run of the season, breaking the Iowa State single-season home run record.
Including her three RBIs last weekend, Torrescano has driven in 39 runs this season, one RBI shy of the school record of 40, currently held by Miller (2011) and Ashley Killeen (2006).
Miller and freshman Lexi Slater have been tearing it up at the plate over the Cyclones' last two Big 12 series, hitting .421 and .429, respectively. In that six game span, Miller is slugging .842 with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBIs. The Pomona, Calif. native is one of three players hitting over .400 in conference play this season, with an average of .404.
Missouri, who lost two of three at Oklahoma last weekend, counts Ashley Fleming as its top offensive threat. Fleming is hitting .352 against Big 12 pitchers this season with five home runs and 19 RBIs. Fleming touched Iowa State for three RBIs in each of the Cyclones' games against Missouri in 2011.
Although she took the losses at Oklahoma, Chelsea Thomas remains the Tigers' strongest hurler, striking out a league-best 119 batters in her junior season. Thomas leads the Big 12 with 93.2 innings in the circle during conference play, allowing 18 earned runs for a 1.35 ERA.
Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the Southwest Athletic Complex on Friday as the Cyclones host Bark in the Park day. On Sunday, the Cyclones will be wearing pink for their Breast Cancer Awareness game, and the first 100 fans into the park will receive a pink Iowa State softball rally towel.
Friday's series opener is scheduled for a 4 p.m. CST first pitch.
- The Cyclones will play their final conference series with the Missouri Tigers this weekend. Missouri will move to the Southeastern Conference next season.
- Junior Tori Torrescano broke the Iowa State single-season home run record on Saturday, hitting her 12th four-bagger of the season.
- The San Diego, Calif. native is one RBI shy of tying the single-season record at Iowa State. Torrescano has 39 RBIs this season. Erica Miller (2011) and Ashley Killeen (2006) hold down the top spot with 40.
- Miller made history of her own on Friday, hitting the 27th homer of her career, tied with Erica Martinez (2000-03) for the most home runs in Cyclone history.
- Torrescano's 12th homer of the season was her 26th career dinger, bringing her just shy of Miller and Martinez's record.
- Iowa State's 33 home runs this season are five shy of the program record of 38, set by the 2008 squad.
- The Friday-Saturday home runs by Miller and Torrescano mark the eighth time this season the players have hit home runs within two games of each other. The duo has homered in the same game twice, including the Cyclones' 17-0 win against Brown in which Miller, Torrescano and freshman Lexi Slater each hit two home runs.
- Sitting on 30 RBIs this season, Miller has driven in at least 30 runs in the last two seasons. She drove in 27 runs as a freshman in 2010.
- In Big 12 play, Miller is hitting .404, one of just three conference players with an average above .400.
- In the Cyclones' last two Big 12 series, Slater and Miller lead Iowa State, hitting .429 and .421, respectively.
- In the same six game stretch, Miller has two home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs and is slugging .842.
- The trio of Miller, Torrescano and Lexi Slater is blowing away the competition in clutch situations this season. Combined, the three are hitting .338 with runners, .404 with runners in scoring position, .455 (5-for-11) with the bases loaded and .358 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 389 assists. Dalyn Varela (99, 5th), Lexi Slater (94, 6th) and Sara Davison (80, 8th) all rank in the top-10 for individual assists.
- Erica Miller ranks in the top-10 in the conference in several categories: batting average (.389, 4th), slugging (.672, 8th), hits (51, T4th), doubles (10, T4th) and total bases (88, 9th).
- Fellow junior Tori Torrescano boasts three top-10 areas: slugging (.672, 7th), RBIs (39, T5th) and home runs (11, T4th).
- Davison is fifth in the Big 12 with eight sacrifice bunts.
- Slater tied with Miller with 10 doubles.
- Varela has been hit by a pitch eight times this season, third-most in the league.
- Miller's 315 putouts are tied for 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 143. Slater (39, T3rd) and Varela (35, 6th) rank in the top-10 individually.
- Against Big 12 opponents, Miller is third in batting average (.404), third in slugging (.787), tied for third in hits (19), sixth in RBIs (15), third in home runs (5) and tied for second in total bases (37).
- After walking four times on Friday at Kansas, Torrescano is tied for seventh with 11 walks.
- Miller has 117 putouts against Big 12 teams, ranked fifth.
Getting to Know No. 10 Missouri
- Missouri holds the 51-31 series lead over Iowa State.
- Missouri won both games between the squads in 2011, winning 8-2 and 8-1. in a doubleheader.
- Iowa State's Sara Davison was one of seven players to hit a home run off Tigers ace Chelsea Thomas last season, doing so in game one.
- Ashley Fleming had three RBIs in each game against Iowa State last season and leads the Tigers this season, hitting .386 (.352 in conference) with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs.
- Kristin Nottelmann threw a complete game for Mizzou in last season's second game, allowing no earned runs in seven innings, giving up just three hits and three walks.
- Nottelmann's 3.71 Big 12 ERA is the highest ERA of Missouri's pitchers. Thomas leads with a 1.35 ERA and freshman Bailey Erwin, who has appeared seven times in relief, has compiled a 1.37 ERA.
- Thomas' 119 strikeouts in conference play lead the league, as do her 93.2 innings in the circle.
- Mizzou swept its season series with Kansas and Baylor, took two of three from Texas but lost series to Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
- Mackenzie Sykes is the only other Tiger than Fleming hitting above .300 during league play this season, with an average of .333.
- Although Mizzou has stolen 60 bases this season, only 17 of those have come in Big 12 play. Ashtin Stephens, Corrin Genovese and Nicole Hudson lead the team with three thefts each.
• Although not by design, juniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano are often seen hitting 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