AMES, Iowa – Cyclone fans will have one more chance to watch seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano in action this weekend when Iowa State (21-31, 4-11 Big 12) finishes its 2013 season at home against the Kansas Jayhawks (31-16, 6-8 Big 12). The seniors, who hold more Iowa State single-season and career records than any other pair of players in Iowa State history, will be honored before Sunday’s game.
The most dynamic duo Iowa State has ever seen, Miller and Torrescano hold a combined six school records entering the final weekend of their careers and are ranked among the top-10 in Cyclone history in 11 categories.
This season, Miller leads Iowa State with .366 hitting, 12 doubles and a record 51 RBI. Torrescano is one home run away from tying her 2012 record of 14 long balls in a season and has walked a record 29 times, the record-breaking walk coming at Drake on Tuesday. Torrescano also leads the club with a .650 slugging mark.
The California natives will look to close out their careers in style with a sweep of Kansas, which would put the Cyclones in position for a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 if No. 1 Oklahoma wins two of their three weekend games against Oklahoma State.
Beating the Jayhawks will not be easy as Kansas is coming off a 2-0 shutout over the top-ranked Sooners in Lawrence last weekend. Freshman Alex Hugo is hitting .349 for the Jayhawks in league play and Maddie Stein is tops on the club with 11 RBI. Kelsey Kessler (4-3) threw all seven innings in the win over OU, allowing seven hits and walking two while not allowing a run against her.
The Cyclones are planning plenty of fun for the whole family throughout the weekend. On Friday, there will be free face painting from 3:30-4:40 p.m. CDT. Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day, and the first 100 fans into the park will receive foam fingers; prizes will also be awarded throughout the day’s contest. On Sunday, the Cyclones will celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers given to the first 50 moms through the gates. After the game on Sunday, kids can run the bases and the Cyclones will sign autographs for the final time.
Friday’s series opener between the Cyclones and Jayhawks is set for a 4 p.m. CDT first pitch at the Cyclone Sports Complex. MC22 will air each of the weekend’s games on tape-delay, May 14-16, with each day’s broadcast beginning at 11 a.m.
• Iowa State will host its final games of 2013 this weekend, hosting Kansas, May 10-12.
• The Cyclones will honor seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano with a pregame ceremony on Sunday.
• Iowa State’s loss at Drake on Tuesday was just the fourth this season when the Cyclones allowed five or fewer runs or when they led after four innings.
• Tori Torrescano did not have a hit against the Bulldogs but walked for the 29th time this season, setting a school record.
• Erica Miller had two hits against Drake, including her 12th double of the season, which leads the squad.
• Miller’s two-bagger is the 68th double for the Cyclones this season, the most since the 1988 squad posted a record 72 doubles.
• Torrescano (11), Jorden Spendlove (11) and Maddie Reese (10) each have double-digit doubles numbers on the year.
• With one single each on Tuesday, Brittany Gomez and Aly Cappaert extended their hitting streaks to four games. Cappaert’s four game streak ties her career-high.
• Of Iowa State’s 244 RBI, 94 (39%) of them have come with two outs, led by Torrescano who has driven in 22 runs this season with an out remaining.
• Miller (14), Spendlove (12) and Lexi Slater (11) all have more than 10 two-out RBI this season.
• Sarah Hawryluk, Gomez and Reese each have more than 10 stolen bases this season, making 2013 the first season since 2010 that three Cyclones have reached 10 steals in the same season. Gomez owns the Iowa State record with 28 steals on the year and Hawryluk has 26 and Reese is a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts.
• In her freshman season, Gomez already ranks in the top-10 all-time at Iowa State in stolen bases.
• Gomez has also broken the program record for runs scored, crossing home 49 times this year.
• Iowa State has hit 36 home runs this season, two shy of the program record.
• As a team, the Cyclones are hitting .289 this season, the highest batting average in program history.
• 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 .314 in pinch hit at-bats and Liana Henry is 6-for-11 (.545) in pinch hitting appearances this season.
• The Cyclones are 17-3 this season when tallying at least as many hits as their opponents.
• The team is 17-4 when its foes score five or fewer runs and 19-4 when a game is tied or when the Cyclones lead after four innings.
Big 12 Notes and Rankings - May 6
On the season:
• Brittany Gomez is eighth with 59 hits, third with 28 stolen bases and tied for third with 48 runs scored.
• Tori Torrescano is tied for fifth in home runs (13), tied for ninth in RBI (42) and ninth in slugging (.660).
• Sarah Hawryluk is tied for fourth with 26 stolen bases.
• Erica Miller is tied for fourth with 50 RBI and is seventh with an OBP of .483.
• Torrescano is among the top-10 pitchers in the league in wins (11, 9th), saves (2, T3rd), innings pitched (146.0, 7th), appearances (32, 7th), starts (24, T6th) and complete games (10, 7th).
• Taylor Smith is also tied for third in the league with two saves this season, is 10th with 108.0 innings of work and is tied for eighth with 31 appearances.
• Iowa State’s .964 fielding percentage is fifth in the league.
In conference play:
• Iowa State is fourth in hitting with a .247 average.
• Miller is fifth with a .400 batting average, third in doubles with four, eighth with 12 RBI, fifth in on-base percentage (.533) and seventh in slugging (.600)
• Hawryluk is seventh with five stolen bases.
• Torrescano is first in doubles (5) and sixth with a slugging percentage of .615.
• Maddie Reese is tied with Miller for third in doubles with four.
• Eight Big 12 players have at least four doubles this season, three are from Iowa State (Torrescano, Reese and Miller).
• Torrescano ranks in the top-10 in saves (1, T2nd) and starts (6, T9th)
• Smith also has one save, is ninth with 34.2 innings of work and is tied for sixth with 11 appearances.
• Freshman Riley Fisher is tied for sixth in the league with 11 appearances and is tied for seventh with seven starts.
• Iowa State is 34-47 all-time against the Jayhawks and was 1-2 against them in 2012.
• The Cyclones 10-9 comeback win in Lawrence last season was the best come-from-behind Big 12 win in program history.
• The 2012 club erased a six-run lead by Kansas, on the backs of Tori Torrescano and Erica Miller, who drove in three runs apiece.
• This season, Kansas is 31-16 overall and 6-8 in the Big 12, including a 2-0 shutout of No. 1 Oklahoma last Sunday.
• The Jayhawks have a losing record of 4-6 at home but are 9-7 on the road this season.
• Kansas also has a win over then-No. 14 Baylor this season. Both ranked wins for the Jayhawks came in Lawrence.
• Maggie Hull leads the Jayhawks hitting .443 on the year but is hitting .282 in conference play.
• Alex Hugo is the only Jayhawk hitting above .300 against Big 12 pitchers this season with a .349 average.
• Maddie Stein has a team-high 11 RBI in conference play, and Kansas boasts three players (Stein, Hugo, Hull) with more than 40 RBI on the year.
• Not a serious threat on the basepaths, Kansas has swiped just 36 bases this season.
• Alicia Pille (13-8) has spent 146.2 innings in the circle for Kansas, compiling 168 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA.
• Kelsey Kessler (9-6) will also likely make a start this weekend. Kessler has an ERA of 2.12 and is averaging just under one strikeout per inning, fanning 102 in 102.1 innings of work.
MC22 To Air Kansas Series On Tape-Delay, May 14-16
• Mediacom 22 will air Iowa State’s series with the Jayhawks on May 14-16. Times for each rebroadcast are below, all times central:
Game 1: Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, May 15, 11 a.m.
Game 3 (Senior Day): Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.
Cyclones Celebrate Senior Day May 12
• Iowa State will recognize seniors Erica Miller and Tori Torrescano with an on-field ceremony on May 12 during the Cyclones’ final home game of the season. Miller and Torrescano are the most prolific players in Cyclone history, holding numerous program records.
Team Sets Offensive Records
• The 2013 Cyclone offense has raised the bar, setting single-season records in four statistical categories and is in line to break a fifth record with eight games left in the regular season. Below are the records.
Runs Scored: 275
Stolen Bases: 86
Batting Average: Current - .289, Record - .275