Softball recap: CSU drops two on first day of Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Feb. 21, 2013
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The Colorado State softball team dropped its first two contests of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, falling 5-4 in a close battle to 13th-ranked Georgia before suffering an 11-0 setback against the Oregon State Beavers.
The Rams fell to 6-6 to start the 2013 campaign. The team returns to the diamond on Saturday, squaring off in its lone matchup of the day against former Mountain West rival Utah. First pitch between the Rams and the Utes is set for 11:30 a.m. MT.
Game 1: CSU 4, Georgia 5
Colorado State began the day by opening up a 4-1 lead through the first three innings against the nationally ranked Bulldogs. However, the Georgia bats eventually caught up to CSU’s senior starter Kacie McCarthy, and the Bulldogs stormed back to take the lead for good with one run in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
The Rams started off strong in the first inning as Emily Pohl got the Rams on the board with an RBI single to left field that drove in junior shortstop Ashlie Ortega. Junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow put the Rams on top by two runs with a sacrifice fly to plate sophomore outfielder Shae Rodriguez.
The Rams tallied five of the team’s nine total hits in that first inning, and added three more in a two-run third inning to take a 2-1 lead.
"We were hitting early in the count of pitches that were right there and we did a nice job of scoring in the first inning, which gives you a boost," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "I thought the offense was aggressive, getting a lot of hard hits, line drives, or groundballs early.
After a leadoff single in the third by CSU’s Cassy Mosser, junior catcher Emily Pohl doubled to left center to advance her to third. Biglow then notched her second and third RBIs of the game, with a single to right center to score Mosser and Pohl.
But the Bulldogs kept the Ram’s offense tied down for the rest of the game and tested their defense by scoring four total runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a lead they would never relinquish.
McCarthy (4-2) surrendered four earned runs on nine hits in the contest, taking the loss in the complete-game effort in the circle for the Rams.
"(Kacie) gave up two bunt singles that were perfectly placed,” added Fisher. “She pitched a great game and got out of a threatening inning. We had a nice double play, a line drive to Mosser at second and doubled it off to first. She threw every pitch with conviction. She did an outstanding job and we were very happy with her."
Mosser and Pohl each recorded multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-of-4 and 2-of-3, respectively, for the Rams.
Game 2: CSU 0, Oregon State 11
In the second game of the day, against Oregon State, the CSU offense did not get off to the same hot start as it had in Game 1 vs. Georgia
The Beavers held the Rams to just two hits in the contest, both coming from shortstop Ashlie Ortega, while the OSU offense opened up a 9-0 lead with five runs in the top of the first and four more in the top of the second to put the game out of reach early in the contest.
After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, Ortega led off the game with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Cassy Mosser reached on an error by the OSU shortstop. But following a Shae Rodriguez groundout, Emily Pohl and Alysa Greckel struck out to end the Rams’ rally with runners on second and third.
OSU blew the game open in the second inning when senior OF Lea Cavestany hit a grand slam off of CSU pitcher Molly Randle to push the Beavers’ advantage to 9-0.
OSU senior pitcher Marina Demore (6-1) did not allow a CSU runner to reach second for the remainder of the game, and did not allow her second hit until Ortega’s two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Randle pitched five innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits, while giving up seven walks in the contest.