Softball recap: Rams win in walk-off fashion at Colorado State Classic
March 3, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams started Day 2 of the Colorado State Classic on a winning note as they defeated Saint Mary’s, 11-10, in a walk-off thriller on Saturday at Ram Field. They came right back to the diamond afterwards to face Northern Iowa for the second time in the tournament, but the game was suspended due to darkness. The suspension of the CSU-Northern Iowa game marks the second of the weekend in which darkness has prevented an outcome.
CSU picked up its fifth win of the year with the victory over Saint Mary’s (5-12, 0-0 Mountain West), while the Gaels dropped to 5-7 (0-0 West Coast Conference).
“I just thought we were more aggressive at the plate, and I was really happy about that,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said about the team’s effort on Day 2. “Just absolutely more aggressive, so that was good.”
In Game 1, both the CSU and Saint Mary’s offenses scored early and often. The Gaels got on the board with three runs in the first off of CSU starter Molly Randle. Randle made just two outs in the first before Kailey Snyder entered the game in relief.
Snyder pitched three innings, giving up six earned runs and striking out one. Junior Kacie McCarthy represented the third CSU pitcher used in the game and pitched the 3.1 innings of four-hit, one-run ball.
On the offensive side, the Rams took the lead away from the Gaels in the first with an RBI single from sophomore Emily Pohl, a run scored on an error and a two-run home run from sophomore Chelsea Biglow (2-for-4).
With the team trailing, 6-9, CSU senior Lyssa Roberts hit her first home run of the season in the sixth, a solo shot to cut the deficit to two runs. Sophomore Cassy Mosser then hit the second home run of the inning with one on, also her first of the year, to bring the Rams within one run.
Biglow came back to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, CSU still trailing, 10-9. With two outs and one on, Biglow sealed the 11-10 win with a walk-off jack to left field. She now leads the team in home runs (3) and is also the first CSU player this season to hit a walk-off homer.
“That felt really good, and I was very happy for Chelsea,” Fisher said. “She really deserves that. She works very hard every day, positive attitude, and for her to be the one that came up with that walk off, I was just really excited for her. She’s always big for us, day in and day out, and she just really gave us a lift that I think we really needed today.”
The suspended game against Northern Iowa currently stands at 12-9 after five innings of play with the Panthers in the lead.
The schedule to complete the Colorado State Classic, including the resumption of the two suspended games, is as follows on Sunday:
8:45 a.m. MT: Northern Iowa vs. Saint Mary’s (15 minutes earlier than originally scheduled)
11:00 a.m. MT: resumption of Colorado State vs. Saint Mary’s
12:15 p.m. MT: Colorado State vs. Weber State
2:30 p.m. MT: resumption of Colorado State vs. Northern Iowa
Looking to Sunday, Fisher hopes to see the same aggresiveness out of the Rams.
“Weber State played us really tough down in New Mexico, so we know they’re going to be coming after us,” Fisher said. “I’m excited to see our bats. Hopefully they can stay alive tomorrow.”
Admission to all CSU softball games is free of charge.