BOCA RATON, Fla. – Cyclone Tori Torrescano threw a no-hitter, the first of her career and the fifth in Iowa State history, on Saturday as the Cyclones (15-15, 0-0 Big 12) routed Elon (11-13, 1-5 SoCon), 12-1, in five innings before falling, 6-0, to Florida Atlantic (20-18, 6-3 Sun Belt).
Torrescano (7-7) allowed one unearned run and walked one batter in her five-inning complete game win over Elon, who was held hitless for the first time since 2009. Torrescano’s is the second no-hitter thrown by the Cyclones this season; Riley Fisher no-hit North Dakota earlier this season.
Erica Miller propelled the Iowa State offense against the Phoenix, going 2-for-3 at the plate with five RBI. Maddie Reese and Brittany Gomez were both 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored.
During the four-game tournament, Reese went 7-for-12 at the plate with four runs scored and two stolen bases. Gomez and Miller each hit .500 and Gomez and Sarah Hawryluk were each a perfect 4-for-4 in steals.
Iowa State took an early lead on Miller’s first inning home run to left and extended the lead to 5-0 in Miller’s second at-bat, a single up the middle in the second inning. Reese, who advanced from first to third on Miller’s single, scored Iowa State’s sixth run of the game on a double steal attempt.
Elon pulled its starter, Kayla Caruso after two innings. Caruso allowed six runs, four earned, on four hits, walking one, hitting one and striking out striking out three.
Iowa State plated six unearned runs in the third on an error by the Phoenix and four Cyclones hits, including a two-RBI triple from Gomez and a two-run double to left center from Torrescano to set up the run-rule win.
Two Cyclone errors in the fifth helped Elon score its lone run of the game as Torrescano completed her no-hit bid.
In the second game of the day, FAU struck first on a single from Melissa Martinez followed by a home run from pitcher Stephanie Call that knocked Fisher out of the game after getting one out in the first. Fisher (2-5) was charged with two hits and three runs while walking one and striking out none.
Still in the first and facing reliever Taylor Smith, the Owls added two more runs on two hits and three walks before Smith settled in, allowing three hits, a walk and one run through her final five innings of work.
Call (7-5) threw all seven innings for the Owls, allowing four hits and walking six but tallied 10 strikeouts in not allowing a run to score.
The Cyclones begin their trek through the Big 12 next weekend, playing a doubleheader at No. 15 Baylor on Friday, March 29, and a third game on Saturday, March 30. Friday’s first game is slated for 2 p.m. CST.