Softball recap: CSU splits on first day of Red Desert Classic
Feb. 7, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Colorado State softball team opened the 2013 season on Thursday at the Red Desert Classic, playing back-to-back contests against BYU and Loyola Marymount on the first day of the three-day tournament.
The Rams opened the day with a 4-1 victory over the Cougars, before rushing into their nightcap, about 10 minutes later, against Loyola Marymount. The Lions broke open a scoreless tie late in the contest to hand the Rams their first loss of the season, 9-0.
“We really battled today,” said head coach Jen Fisher. “We played well and made some great plays on defense.”
Game 1: CSU 4, BYU 1
Colorado State opened the tournament with a 4-1 victory over former Mountain West rival BYU. The Rams plated a pair of unearned runs early in the contest, thanks to a pair of BYU errors. The scores proved to be all the Rams would need to open the season 1-0 as senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy stymied the opposing offense to the tune of one run on four hits in a complete-game victory.
“She just stayed tough and when she got in a pinch, she got out of it,” said Fisher of McCarthy’s effort in the circle. “The defense was really behind her, but she had timely strikeouts.”
The Rams got on the board first in the in the third inning, when junior shortstop Ashlie Ortega, who reached base on an error and advanced to third with a BYU passed ball, scored on an Alysa Greckel single to left field. One inning later, the Rams scored the eventual game-winner as pinch runner Haley David scored in an error at third base on Cassy Mosser’s would-be ground out.
BYU drew blood in the bottom of the fourth inning, notching three of the team’s four hits against McCarthy to open the inning, but Colorado State closed the door with a two-run sixth inning, that included a pair of RBI for Mosser on a double to left center to plate Kendal Buttefield and Danielle Wikre.
“Cassy was just clutch today,” added Fisher.
McCarthy (1-0) did not allow a hit over the final three innings of the contest, securing the Rams’ victory.
Game 2: CSU 0, Loyola Marymount 9
In the second game of the day, against Loyola Marymount, Colorado State battled to a scoreless tie through four innings, and trailed by a 2-0 score through five, before the Lions blew the game open with a seven-run seventh inning.
The Lions got on the board with two-out, two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning, as senior pitcher Kailey Snyder induced two flyouts before giving up a walk and a long ball to left field to back-to-back hitters.
“Kailey was throwing a great game,” said Fisher. “It was close until the seventh inning, but really we were one pitch away from a scoreless tie through seven innings.”
Offensively, the Rams mustered just two hits against LMU freshman starter Sydney Gouveia, but the Rams threatened early in the contest, leaving a pair of runners on base in both the second and third innings.
Colorado State returns to the diamond for a pair of games on Friday. First, the Rams will square off against Arkansas (11 a.m.) and Utah State (4 p.m.).