UMKC Visits Ames For Two On Wednesday
AMES, Iowa – In a late addition to the 2013 schedule, the Cyclones (18-22, 3-6 Big 12) will host a midweek doubleheader against UMKC (14-71, 3-3 Summit League) on Wednesday at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
Iowa State is coming off a three-game series at No. 6 Texas where the Cyclones set program records for RBI (202) and runs (229) in a season. Freshman Brittany Gomez scored two runs during the series, becoming the first Cyclone since 1989 to cross home plate 40 times in a season. Senior Tori Torrescano walked for the 26th time this season, tying another program record.
The Cyclones have not played the Kangaroos since the 2008 season but have won the last three meetings and are 10-3 all-time against UMKC. The 2013 UMKC squad is hitting .290 for the season with half as many home runs, 13, as its opponents. The Kangaroos are also not known for patience at the plate, walking just 49 times with just one player tallying more than 10 walks.
Starters Deanna Friese and Cinda Ramos each have ERAs above 6.00 this season and have allowed a combined 72 extra-base hits. Friese has given up 17 home runs and six triples during 112 and two-thirds innings of work while hitters are batting .350 against Ramos.
Marlee Maples has driven in a team-high 27 runs this season and cleanup hitter Emily Ott leads the team hitting .381 on the year with 19 RBI.
Wednesday’s first game begins at 2 p.m. CDT with the second game to be played at 4 p.m. or approximately 30 minutes after then last out of game one.
• Iowa State will host a doubleheader with UMKC this Wednesday, a late addition to the 2013 spring schedule.
• During their three-game series at No. 6 Texas last weekend, the Cyclones set single-season records for runs scored (229) and RBI (202).
• With 66 stolen bases on the year, the Cyclones are four thefts away from the single-season record.
• Gomez has scored 40 runs this season, the first Cyclone since 1989 to cross home plate 40 times in a season.
• Tori Torrescano walked in her final at-bat of Sunday’s game, tying the single-season walks record of 26.
• In Saturday’s game, Erica Miller drove in three runs, her third three-RBI performance of the year, leaving her with 42 RBI this season, two off the Iowa State record. Miller already holds the career RBI record with 139.
• As a team, the 2013 Cyclones are currently tops in program history in batting average (.293), slugging (.437), OBP (.378) and fielding percentage (.970).
• Iowa State has 81 two-out RBI this season, including 21 from Torrescano, who has hit six home runs with two-outs. The 81 two-out RBI account for 40% of Iowa State’s RBI this season and both Jorden Spendlove (12) and Miller (11) join Torrescano with double-digit two-out RBI.
• The Cyclones are hitting .303 this season with runners on base but the average rises to .316 with RISP and explodes to .510 when the bases are full.
• Five Cyclones with at least three bases-loaded at-bats are hitting above .600 in those situations: Spendlove (.600), Hawryluk (.667), Sara Davison (.750), Miller (.857) and Torrescano (1.000).
• 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 is hitting .324 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry is 6-for-10 (.600) in pinch hitting appearances this season.
• The Cyclones are 15-2 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents, but three of their last four wins have come with fewer hits than their opponent.
• The team is 14-3 both when its foes score five or fewer runs and 17-3 when a game is tied or when the Cyclones lead after four innings.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings
On the season:
• Tori Torrescano is second in the league with 13 home runs, eighth in walks with 26, sixth with 40 RBI, 10th in total bases with 83 and sixth with a slugging percentage of .748.
• Erica Miller fifth in the league with 42 RBI and seventh with an OPB of .500.
• Brittany Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk are two of eight players with more than one triple this season and tied for fourth in the league with two each.
• Gomez ranks fourth with 22 stolen bases on the year and Hawryluk is sixth with 19 steals.
• Gomez is eighth with 48 hits on the year and fifth with 40 runs scored.
• Torrescano is among the top-10 pitchers in the league in saves (2, T1st) innings pitched (119.2, 6th), appearances (26, T6th), starts (19, T6th) and complete games (9, 7th).
In conference play:
• Iowa State is third in hitting with a .262 average, behind Oklahoma and Texas.
• Gomez leads the Cyclones and is third in the league with 11 hits in conference play.
• Torrescano is third in the league in home runs (3), sixth in runs scored (8), first in doubles (4), fifth in RBI (9) and third in total bases (20) while coming in fifth with a slugging percentage of .769.
• Miller is right behind Torrescano in the RBI rankings, with eight this season and sits fourth on OPB with a percentage of .533.
• Torrescano and Miller are the only Big 12 players with four doubles in league play.
• Maddie Reese and Lexi Slater are fifth in the league with two home runs and rank seventh and 10th, respectively, in slugging.
• Reese is fourth with 17 total bases.
• Gomez is sixth, along with Torrescano, with eight runs scored.
• Hawryluk is fifth with four stolen bases.
• Smith is one of seven pitchers with multiple wins and Torrescano is one of three players with a save.
• Riley Fisher ranks in the top-10 in appearances (8, T4th) and starts (6, T3rd). Smith is eighth in the league with 21.0 innings of work and is seventh with six appearances.
• Iowa State is 10-3 all-time against the Kangaroos, winning the last three meetings from 2007-08
• UMKC is 14-17 overall and 3-3 in Summit League play this season.
• Emily Ott (.381) and Liz Broyles (.364) lead the Kangaroo offense this season, but Marlee Maples has driven in the most runs this season with 27 RBI.
• Brooke Parker is the lone player with double-digit steals on the season; she has 10.
• The Kangaroos have given up double the home runs they have hit (26-13) and have walked just 49 times this season.
• Both UMKC starters, Deanna Friese and Cinda Ramos, have ERAs above 6.00 this season. Friese has walked 60 batters in 112.2 innings while giving up 45 extra-base hits, including 17 home runs.
Hawryluk Named Big 12 Player of the Week
• Junior Sarah Hawryluk was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for the week of April 8 after hitting .600 with four stolen bases and four runs scored in the Cyclones’ sweep of Oklahoma State, April 5-7.
Hawryluk is the first Cyclone since 2007 to win a conference weekly award and the third position player ever to be an award recipient.