Softball recap: Iowa State slips past CSU, 4-3

Feb. 24, 2012

Final Stats

By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - CSU sophomore Chelsea Biglow collected three RBI for the second time this season on Friday, but the Rams offense did not score beyond that and fell, 4-3, in a close one against Iowa State at Big League Dreams Sports Park in the Cathedral City Classic.

The Rams completed the second day of the Classic with a 1-1 record in the tournament and a 4-8 record overall (0-0 Mountain West). The Cyclones, whose two previous wins came against Green Bay and Western Illinois, improved their record to 3-8 (0-0 Big 12).

"They battled well, I just think we've got to tighten up," CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "The one error cost us [and] the passed ball cost us, so we've got to tighten things up for us all around and just keep working."

Responsible for knocking in all three of CSU's runs, Biglow (3-for-4) began with a single up the middle in the first inning to answer ISU's run in the top of the frame. The Cyclones pitching staff then shut out the Rams for five consecutive innings before Biglow came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and tripled to right-center field. Sophomore Ashlie Ortega and senior Lyssa Roberts, who had been hit by a pitch to get on base, came around to score on the play.

The Rams outhit the Cyclones, 8-5; Sophomore Alysa Greckel went 3-for-4 with three singles in the game. Sophomore Kendal Butterfield and Ortega also collected hits.

"When it's a tight game like that, we've just got to do everything right," Fisher said. "We're trying to get the kids to understand what those things are and execute a little bit better. It's a good feeling to be in these games, but kind of frustrating to not be able to push that run across."

CSU freshman Molly Randle made her fifth appearance in the circle and held the Cyclones to just three hits and two earned runs over four innings of work. The two runs were the fewest she has allowed in three season starts.

"[Molly]'s pitched some really tough games," Fisher said. "We keep seeing good things out of her and that's really encouraging. She looks confident, she looks smooth, she looks relaxed out there, and we expect her to keep growing. We are putting a lot of pressure on her to grow as fast as she can, and we're really doing that with all of our freshmen."

On Saturday, the Rams will continue play at the Cathedral City Classic against Northwestern. The Wildcats currently have a 3-5 record, including a 6-3 win over then-No. 17 Texas A&M. The matchup is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT. Fans can view live stats during the game through Gametracker.