No. 25 Baylor Is Cyclones’ Final Road Test
AMES, Iowa - The Cyclones (14-33, 2-16 Big 12) will play their final road games of the season this weekend, heading to Waco, Texas to play No. 25 Baylor (30-19, 7-13 Big 12).
After her fifth inning grand slam against No. 10 Missouri on Sunday tied the all-time Iowa State home run record of 27 and broke the single-season RBI record, junior Tori Torrescano will carry her 13 home runs on the year - another Cyclone record - and 43 RBIs into the Baylor series, looking to make history once again.
Torrescano currently sits on 23 walks in 2012, three walks shy of the single season record of 26 set by Sydni Jones (2007-10) in 2010. Jones, Torrescano and Erica Martinez (2000-03) are the only players currently ranked in the top 10 in both single-season home runs and walks. If Torrescano reaches 26 walks this season, she will be the first Cyclone in Iowa State history to hold both the single-season home run and walks records during her career, and Torrescano would have managed both in the same season.
This is the first season Torrescano has recorded more than five walks and in the Cyclones' last six games Torrescano has walked more times (6) than she has recorded a hit (4).
After getting off to a slow start this season, sophomore Sara Davison has had the hot bat for the Cyclones over their last two conference series - Kansas and Missouri - hitting .414 and slugging .471. Davison also has a stolen base in the six game stretch.
Baylor is coming off a 7-3 loss at home to No. 8 Texas on Tuesday. The Bears, who advanced to the Women's College World Series last season, lost All-American hurler Whitney Canion to an ACL tear earlier this season and have leaned on Courtney Repka since the injury to Canion. Repka is 5-9 in the Big 12 this season with a 3.42 ERA and seven complete games.
The Cyclones and Bears begin their series on Friday night at Getterman Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. CST.
- Iowa State hits the road for a final time, playing No. 25 Baylor May 4-6 in Waco, Texas
- Junior Tori Torrescano made history on Sunday in Iowa State's 6-5 loss to No. 10 Missouri. Torrescano smashed her 27th career home run, tying her with teammate Erica Miller and former Cyclone Erica Martinez (2000-03) for the most home runs in Iowa State history. Torrescano's grand slam broke the single-season RBI record at ISU; Torrescano now has 43 RBIs this season.
- The slam was Torrescano's first of the season and third of her career.
- Torrescano has a record 13 home runs this season.
- Lexi Slater is the only other Cyclone to smash a grand slam this season, doing so against Brown.
- As patient as she is powerful, Torrescano has walked 23 times in 2012, just three shy of the Iowa State single-season record.
- If Torrescano reaches 26 walks this season, she will be the first Cyclone to ever hold the single-season records in both home runs and walks.
- In addition to Torrescano, only Martinez and Sydni Jones (2007-10) rank among the top 10 players for home runs and walks in a single season, and neither player ranked in the top 10 in both categories during the same season. Martinez hit 10 home runs in 2002 before walking 23 times in 2003. Jones hit nine homers in 2008 and broke the walk record with 26 bases-on-balls during her 2010 senior season.
- Mizzou built a 6-0 lead before Torrescano's slam cut the deficit to two runs. The Cyclones scored a fifth run but failed to score the tying run for their second six-run comeback of the season and in Iowa State history.
- Second baseman Sara Davison was the only Cyclone to have multiple hits in two games last weekend, with two hits on Friday and two more on Sunday.
- In Iowa State last two conference series (Missouri and Kansas), Davison is hitting .414, slugging .471 and has a stolen base.
- Over the six game stretch, Torrescano has walked more times (6) than she has collected hits (4).
Notable Big 12 Rankings
- Iowa State is second in the Big 12 this season with 310 assists. Dalyn Varela (103, 5th), Lexi Slater (99, 6th) and Sara Davison (86, 9th) all rank in the top-10 for individual assists.
- Erica Miller ranks in the top-10 in the conference in several categories: batting average (.377, 7th), slugging (.645, 10th), hits (52, T6th) and doubles (10, T7th).
- Fellow junior Tori Torrescano boasts three top-10 areas: slugging (.683, 7th), RBIs (43, 5th) and home runs (13, T4th).
- Slater is tied with Miller in seventh with 10 doubles.
- 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 338 putouts are third-most in the conference.
- 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 164. Slater (44, 3rd) and Varela (39, 8th) rank in the top-10 individually.
- Against Big 12 opponents, Miller is eighth in batting average (.370), seventh in slugging (.704), tied for seventh in hits (20), tied for sixth in RBIs (15), tied in fifth in home runs (5) and fifth in total bases (38).
- Miller has 140 putouts against Big 12 teams, ranked fifth.
Getting to Know No. 25 Baylor
- Iowa State is 11-20 all-time against Baylor, last winning in Waco in 2008.
- The Cyclones and Bears split their 2011 series in Ames, Iowa State taking game one, 6-4 and then-No. 17 Baylor winning 10-1 in game two.
- Erica Miller hit her record-tying 11th home run of the season and drove in two runs in the Cyclone victory. Heidi Kidwell, Dalyn Varela, Tori Torrescano and Anna Cole also had RBIs in the contest.
- The Bears came back on day two of the weekend series with eight earned runs behind RBIs from six players. Clare Hosack led BU with 3 RBIs.
- The Bears are coming off a 7-3 loss at home to No. 8 Texas on Tuesday.
- Baylor is without its ace Whitney Canion, who suffered a torn ACL back in February. The 2011 All-American made eight appearances for Baylor before her injury, throwing 40 innings, striking out 66 batters and compiling a 0.35 ERA.
- In Canion's absence, Courtney Repka has absorbed the majority of time in the circle, throwing 84 innings in conference with a 3.42 ERA and 40 K's.
- Holly Holl leads the Baylor offense in Big 12 play with a .386 average.
- No Baylor player has double-digit RBIs in conference this season but five players have at least five RBIs: Sarah Crockett (7), Jordan Strickland (6), Hosack (5), Kaitlyn Thumann (5) and Megan Turk (5).