FRESNO, Calif. – Tori Torrescano hit two home runs on Friday as Iowa State (9-9, 0-0 Big 12) fell to No. 6 California (17-2, 0-0 Pac-12), 11-0, and to San Diego State (11-9, 0-0 Mountain West),7-4 in nine innings, at the Fresno State Classic.
With the Cyclones trailing San Diego State, 0-1, in the top of the seventh, Torrescano unloaded for a game-tying solo home run, the first hit and run off Aztecs starter Rebecca Arbino (7-5) who threw a complete game, allowed four runs, two charged to her, on five hits. Arbino walked no one and struck out 15 batters.
Torrescano’s second long ball of the day came in the ninth inning, again off Arbino, putting the Cyclones up, 4-2, as Brittany Gomez scored from second, where she was placed to begin the inning per the international tiebreak rule. In the bottom of the ninth, the Aztecs rallied for the second time in extra innings, getting a grand slam from Kayla Jordan for the walk-off win.
Junior Sarah Hawryluk plated the go-ahead run with a fielder’s choice to short stop in the eighth, sending Lexi Slater, placed on second to start the inning, home from third. SDSU came back with an RBI-single in the bottom of the frame to send the game into the ninth.
Lorena Bauer put up the first run of the afternoon tilt with a home run off Torrescano in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Torrescano (4-3) took the loss for Iowa State, charged with five runs, three earned, in eight and one-thirds innings while allowing 13 hits and walking none. Torrescano also had three strikeouts.
In the first game of the day, Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Cheyenne Cordes were the offensive headliners for the Bears. Ziegenhirt drove in five of the team’s first six runs on two doubles. After Ziegenhirt’s double in the third, Cal loaded the bases with one out for Cordes who hit a grand slam to put the designated visiting team up, 10-0.
Iowa State freshman Riley Fisher (1-4) took the loss after giving up 10 runs, six earned, on seven hits in three-plus innings of work, walking four and striking out three. Sophomore Madison Jones made her season debut, throwing two innings with a lone hit allowed, no runs, no walks and no strikeouts.
In the circle for the Bears, Jolene Henderson (13-2) held Iowa State scoreless, allowing one hit, a single by Slater, and issued a walk to Torrescano. Sara Davison (error) and Jorden Spendlove (fielder’s choice) also reached base for the Cyclones. Henderson walked two and struck out two.
The Cyclones finish up the weekend on Saturday with an 11 a.m. CST meeting with No. 8 Oregon before taking on No. 23 Oregon State at 1:15 p.m.