Softball recap: Rams fall to Mavericks in extra innings
March 2, 2013
| Colorado State Classic Tournament Central
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The Rams continued the Colorado State Classic on Saturday, falling to the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, 3-2, in extra innings at Ram Field.
The Mavericks (16-1) held the lead early, taking advantage of a CSU (8-10) error to score an unearned run in the first inning. The Rams compensated with a Shae Rodriguez double to left field, which brought Ashlie Ortega home.
From there, it was a pitcher’s duel, as Kacie McCarthy (5-5) set down eight consecutive batters from the second inning and into the fourth. McCarthy pitched her seventh complete game of the season, allowing just a single earned run and striking out seven batters.
On the flip side, UNO’s Dana Elsasser was equally impressive, surrendering just six hits and one earned run through eight, as well.
“I thought Kacie did a great job,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “Eight innings and seven hits with one earned run is always a good day. She did a good job with defense, handled herself very well under pressure and got out of a couple of tight situations.”
The Rams had several opportunities to score in regulation, most notably in the sixth when CSU had two on and one out, but couldn’t capitalize.
With no runs for either side in the seventh, the game was extended to extra frames, CSU’s third extra-inning affair of the short season. Playing by California tiebreaker rules, each team’s most recent out from the prior inning began the extra inning on second base.
After McCarthy issued a walk to Amber Lutmer, Molly Negrete laid down a sacrifice bunt to put two in scoring position with one out. The next batter, Campbell Ditto, singled to bring home two runs and give the Mavericks a 3-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the eighth, CSU cut the score to 3-2 on an Alysa Greckel single. She was replaced by Haley David as a pinch runner, who represented the tying run with two outs. However, on the first pitch of Emily Pohl’s at-bat, David was called for leaving first base early, resulting in an out and the end of the game.
“We played pretty well and made some great players,” Fisher said, “but we’re still struggling to be perfect on defense, which is something that we have to keep working through. I think the kids’ hearts are in the right place, though.”
Rodriguez led the Rams’ offense, recording three of CSU’s six hits and driving in a run. She was a home run away from the cycle.
The loss puts CSU at 2-1 on the weekend. Entering the final day of the tournament, UNO is 3-0, followed by Washington (2-0), Bradley (1-3) and Brown (0-4). Also on Saturday, Washington no-hit Brown, 11-0, and rallied late to beat Bradley, 6-3. The Braves also defeated Brown, 2-1.
Sunday, the final day of the Colorado State Classic, will feature four games beginning at 9 a.m. CSU hosts Bradley at 11:15 and No. 18 Washington at 3:45. Admission to all games is free.