Softball recap: Rams offense stymied in losses to Virginia, Syracuse

Feb. 24, 2013

Final Stats

Final stats vs. Virginia | Final stats vs. Syracuse

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Colorado State softball team’s losing streak ran to six games on Saturday evening with losses to Virginia and Syracuse to close out the weekend of action at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Rams’ offense combined to score just three runs on 12 hits in the two contests.

With the losses, Colorado State falls to 6-9 to open the 2013 campaign.

The Rams return to the diamond next week, looking to snap their skid at home when the team hosts the Colorado State Classic. CSU welcomes Bradley, Brown, Nebraska Omaha and nationally-ranked Washington to Ram Field for the three-day tournament.

Game 1: CSU 1, Virginia 7
In the Rams first matchup of the day, Virginia opened up a 5-0 lead against CSU senior starter Kacie McCarthy, who pitched a complete game but allowed seven runs (three earned) while striking out seven batters in 6.0 innings of work.

The Rams’ offense tallied just four hits in the contest, and didn’t get on the board until the top of the fifth inning when senior outfielder Brianna Donahue led off with a double down the leftfield line. After stealing third base, Donahue scored on an error to put the Rams on the board, 5-1.

But the Cavaliers answered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the victory.

Virginia’s freshman pitcher Emma Mitchell allowed just one run on four hits and struck out 11 Rams to earn the victory.

Game 2: CSU 2, Syracuse 4
The Rams bats came to life in the team’s tournament finale against Syracuse, but the team stranded eight runners on base and allowed the Orange to plate four runs in the bottom of the fourth, aided by three walks and an error in the frame.

After being held scoreless through six innings, the Rams mounted a rally in the top of the seventh, keyed by a leadoff double from junior outfielder Kendal Butterfield. Four batters later, junior second baseman Cassy Mosser reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in Butterfield.

Sophomore outfielder Shae Rodriguez then connected on a two-out single through the right side of the infield to drive in Haley David, who entered as a pinch runner after freshman pitcher Holly Reinke drew a one-out walk. But the Rams’ rally fell just short, as junior designated player Emily Pohl popped up to right field to end the game.

Reinke gave up just two earned runs on five hits in the contest, while striking out five batters and allowing five walks in 6.0 innings of work.