Softball recap: Rams' win streak snapped on Day 2 of tourney
March 10, 2012
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Colorado State softball team, coming off a pair of victories on Day 1 of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic, suffered two losses on the second day of the tourney with a 5-2 decision against Ole Miss and an 11-0 loss against host Stanford.
The losses snapped a modest two-game win streak for the Rams, who had won five of their last six overall before Saturday. CSU drops to 9-15 on the season entering Sunday’s final day of action at the Louisville Slugger Classic.
The Rams aided the Ole Miss offensive effort with four errors in first contest of the day, and CSU fell behind 5-0 before getting on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Colorado State’s offense stranded five runners in game’s first three innings – and left nine runners on base overall - before freshman Taylor Hutton, pinch running for sophomore catcher Emily Pohl, got the Rams on the board when she scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Another freshman, Haley David, sparked the Rams’ comeback attempt with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh. She scored with two outs on another Ole Miss wild pitch, and after an Ashlie Ortega walk, and an Alysa Greckel single, third baseman Chelsea Biglow represented the tying run at the plate. But the sophomore slugger was unable to connect, striking out to end the game.
Junior pitcher Kacie McCarthy (6-6) suffered the loss in the circle for the Rams, starting and surrendering just two earned runs, while striking out two in 3.1 innings of work. Sophomore hurler Kali Haas came on in relief of McCarthy, and allowed just one hit and one walk over the final 3.2 innings to keep the Rams’ comeback hopes alive.
Colorado State then faced off against host Stanford, falling 11-0 in five innings to the Cardinal who improved to 22-3 to open the season.
The Cardinal scored in each of their four at-bats, blowing the game open with a five-run second and a four-run fourth.
Ortega notched the Rams’ only hit of the ballgame, connecting for a single down the left-field line in the top of the fifth inning, to break up the perfect game of Stanford starter Nyree White.
Senior pitcher Kelli Eubanks received the loss in the circle for the Rams, allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits in 2.0 innings of work. Freshman hurler Molly Randle pitched two innings in relief of Eubanks, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits.
The Rams return to action Sunday, closing out the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic with a single game against the San Jose State Spartans. First pitch is set for 12:15 p.m. MT and live Gametracker stats are available by clicking the link from the softball schedule page at www.CSURams.com.