Cyclones Return Home For Series With Red Raiders
AMES, Iowa – After a weekend away, Iowa State (18-22, 3-6 Big 12) comes home this weekend for a three-game series against Big 12 foe Texas Tech (27-20, 1-8 Big 12).
With a rained out doubleheader on Wednesday, the Cyclones are sitting on 202 RBI and 299 runs scored for the season, program records set last weekend at No. 6 Texas, and the team will look to add more records to its résumé against a struggling Tech team that has lost its last eight games.
Freshman Brittany Gomez has scored 40 runs this season and is five runs away from tying Jenny Condon’s record of 45 runs scored, set in 1989. Also the Cyclones’ leading base-stealer, Gomez has collected 22 steals this season and can help the 2013 Cyclones as they attempt to break the single-season record with a few more steals this weekend. The team currently has 66 steals on the year, four shy of the program record.
As they have since they first stepped onto the field three years ago, seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano continue their race to the top of the Iowa State top-10 lists. At least one of the two, and in many cases both players, is currently atop or among the top-10 in Iowa State history in 14 single-season and career categories including RBI, runs scored, hits, home runs and batting average.
Texas Tech has suffered a reality check since beginning conference play against Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders took the first game off the Cowgirls but dropped the final two in the series before being swept by Kansas and No. 1 Oklahoma. Although boasting a season average of .304, Tech is hitting just .181 in league play with 13 extra-base hits.
Adriana Perez, who drove in a combined eight runs in three games against Iowa State last season, has a team-high six RBI against Big 12 foes, followed by Katibeth King’s five RBI, all coming in Tech’s 13-7 loss to Oklahoma last Sunday. King, who has started just two games in her career, will likely look to continue her hot streak this weekend at Iowa State.
Game one of the weekend series is set for 4 p.m. CDT at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
Friday and Sunday's games will be broadcast live on Cyclones.tv and will air on tape-delay on MC22 on Tuesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, April 24 at 11 a.m., respectively.
• Iowa State hosts its second Big 12 series at the new Cyclone Sports Complex April 19-21 against Texas Tech.
• Iowa State’s doubleheader with UMKC on April 17 was postponed due to rain.
• 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.
• At the national level, Iowa State is seventh in double plays per game, turning seven DPs this season for an average of 0.53 per seven innings.
• The team is 29th in fielding with a mark of .970.
• Torrescano ranks 27th in home runs and her total of 13 averages 37th in the nation for home runs per game.
• Miller’s 44 RBI averages out to 1.05 RBI per game, the 44th-most among Division I players.
• Not surprising is that Gomez (39th) and Hawryluk (51) are among or just outside the top-50 players in stolen bases this season. Gomez’s 40 runs scored (one steal per game) ranks her 39th in the nation in steals per game.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings- April 16
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 is 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.
Scouting Texas Tech
• The Cyclones are 14-23 all-time against the Red Raiders, last defeating Tech in 2010.
• Texas Tech is 27-20 overall and 1-8 in Big 12 play with a win over Oklahoma State.
• After beating the Cowgirls in their conference opener, the Red Raiders dropped the last two games to OSU and were swept by Kansas and No. 1 Oklahoma.
• Tech is hitting .304 on the year but just .181 against Big 12 opponents. The team’s leader in average against conference foes is Mikey Kenney with a .240 mark.
• Adriana Perez has driven in a team-high six runs in league play this season. Perez combined for eight RBI in three games against Iowa State last season.
• Cara Custer recorded two wins against the Cyclones in 2012 and is responsible for TTU’s lone conference win this season. Custer has a 4.16 ERA in 32 innings in Big 12 play this season, allowing 36 hits, four home runs.
•Kenney and Shelby Johnson are threats to steal on the bases with 12 and 16 steals this season, respectively. Each player has only one steal in their first nine conference contests.
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.