Softball recap: Rams begin Colorado State Classic with pair of wins

March 1, 2013

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FORT COLLINS, Colo.—With three tournaments already under its belt, the Colorado State softball team finally played in front of its home crowd, and took advantage of the home environment with a pair of wins Friday in the first day of the Colorado State Classic at Ram Field.

The Rams (8-9) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Bradley (8-8) in the afternoon, before closing the day with their first shutout of the season, 4-0, over Brown (0-2).

“It’s really nice to be playing at home,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “We have to give a shoutout to the field crew, because Monday we were stuck in Palm Springs, and when we called them, they had already removed the snow from the field. Without them doing that, I’m not sure we would have played today. The way our conference works, we have so few opportunities to have home games, so this is really big for us.”

GAME 1: CSU 5, Bradley 3
The Rams began the tournament on the right foot by scoring two runs in the first, before adding two more in the second and an insurance run in the fifth.

Just three batters into the inning, sophomore Shae Rodriguez jump-started the Rams’ bats with a triple to right field, scoring Cassy Mosser, who singled. Moments later, Alysa Greckel followed suit by doubling home a run to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.

CSU would carry its momentum into the second when junior Ashlie Ortega stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-run home run that brought Greckel in from a single, boosting the Rams’ lead to 4-1.

The Rams would allow an unearned run in the fourth, and a single score in the fifth, but they eliminated a rally after Bradley’s Kathryn Spenn was caught trying to advance after her RBI single, which cut the Rams’ lead to 4-3. CSU would gain the run back in the fifth after Ortega walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an Emily Pohl single.

“It definitely felt good to get back in the win column,” Fisher said. “We went out to Palm Springs last weekend knowing we were going to play some top-notch teams. We hung with them, but the reason we couldn’t come away with wins was because of unearned runs and silly mistakes. It’s time to take that next step, and today was one in the right direction.

Senior Kacie McCarthy (5-4) was credited with the win after striking out four and allowing seven hits and two earned runs in the complete game.

GAME 2: CSU 4, Brown 0
Playing moments after their win over Bradley, the Rams carried over their momentum with another early advantage.

Pohl led off the second inning after being hit by a pitch. Freshman Lauren Snodgrass replaced her on the base paths, and made an immediate impact, stealing second. A pair of errors allowed the Rams to get out on top, 2-0. Two innings later, Taylor Hutton doubled to right, bringing in Biglow and padding CSU’s lead. CSU picked up its final run in the sixth, when sophomore Danielle Wikre hit a solo shot to left field, her third dinger of the season.

Freshman Holly Reinke (3-2) was strong in the circle, keeping Brown scoreless and surrendering just four hits.

“Kacie and Holly have been doing what we saw today—pitching well, keeping us in games and keeping hits to a minimum,” Fisher said. “When Kacie lets up hits, they rarely are hard hits, and it was great to see Holly have such a great game again. For as young as she is, we love to see the consistency from her.”

Earlier in the day, Nebraska Omaha (15-1) also won two games, defeating Bradley, 10-6, and Brown, 9-3. The four teams, plus No. 18 Washington will be in action Saturday and Sunday. The Rams will face Nebraska Omaha at 11:15 a.m. Admission to all games is free.

“We know that UNO is going to swing the bats, and we have to play perfect defense and get run support,” Fisher said. “We know UNO pretty well because we’ve played them the last two falls, and they’re very disciplined in all aspects. It doesn’t get any easier, but the approach isn’t any different.”