Softball recap: Rams open home play at Colorado State Classic
March 2, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After three weekends of play, the Colorado State softball team finally got the chance to play in front of its home crowd on Friday, hosting the third-annual Colorado State Classic at Ram Field. CSU only completed one of two scheduled games, however, as they lost to Northern Iowa, 8-2, and later had its game against Saint Mary’s suspended in eh fourth inning due to darkness.
The loss to Northern Iowa brought CSU’s overall record to 4-12 (0-0 Mountain West), while the Panthers finished the day with an 8-4 record (0-0 Missouri Valley Conference), losing to Weber State earlier in the day before the victory against CSU.
CSU junior Kacie McCarthy made her fifth start of the season in the circle and pitched her third complete game. The Panthers got on the board in the second inning with a three-run home run off of McCarthy and added on in the third, fourth and sixth. McCarthy walked three and struck out seven. Despite the eight runs given up, CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher praised McCarthy’s performance.
“I think she was relaxed,” Fisher said. “She settled in. She gave up the one big home run, but I kept her in because she seemed to keep doing her job. She’s always working and getting better, so I liked what I saw from her.”
The Rams’ two runs came in the fourth. Freshman Haley David singled to bring in pinch runner Molly Randle and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Ashlie Ortega stepped to the plate next and singled to knock in Wikre.
In Game 2, senior Kelli Eubanks pitched three innings before the suspension, giving up three runs and striking out four.
“She’s definitely keeping us in it,” Fisher said. “We were trying to attack the zone since we knew we were up against darkness, so she did a good job getting ahead right away and trying to throw a lot of strikes just to try and keep the game moving along because we knew we were up against a time crunch. She looked good. She looked sharp.”
The Rams cut the 3-0 deficit to just one run when freshman Shae Rodriguez hit a two-RBI single to right field in the third.
The suspended game is scheduled to resume Sunday. If travel scheduling prevents the game from being resumed, it will become a no-contest game and will not count on either team’s season record.
On Saturday, the Rams will take on Saint Mary’s for the second time in the tournament, starting at 1:30 p.m. MT, followed by another matchup with Northern Iowa at 3:45 p.m. MT. Fisher will be looking for the team to tie clean pitching, defense and hitting together on Day 2.
“We’ve got to keep putting it all together,” Fisher said. “We’re not going to be perfect ever; pitchers have to be on, defense has to be on, and the hitters have to be on and we’ve got to do it all together. Taking care of business and everybody being at their peak all the time is going to be really important for us.”
Admission to all CSU softball games is free of charge. The tournament will resume at 9 a.m. MT on Saturday with a game between Saint Mary’s and Weber State, followed by a matchup between Weber State and Northern Iowa before the Rams take the field. The Colorado State Classic concludes on Sunday when Northern Iowa takes on Saint Mary’s, followed by a contest between Colorado State and Weber State, as well as the conclusion of CSU’s suspended game if time permits.
In other tournament action on Friday, Weber State defeated Northern Iowa, 12-10, before dropping an 11-2 decision to Saint Mary’s.