Softball Recap: Rams begin San Diego Classic II with an even record

March 15, 2013

Final Stats

 SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- After a six game home stand, the Colorado State softball team hit the road again on Friday, notching a win over Fairfield and a loss to Harvard during the first day of the San Diego Classic II.

The Rams began the tournament by holding Fairfield with no runs in a 2-0 shutout, but were not able to keep their momentum as they dropped a game to Harvard, 4-3.

"I thought we pitched well all day," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "Offensively we're still not squaring as much off as we'd like to be able to give our pitchers some more support. We'll continue to try to work people in and out and try to figure out the recipe and try to put more runs on the board."

With these games, the Rams hold an even 1-1 record for the start of the weekend and bring their overall record to 10-13. The Colorado State softball team will continue play on Saturday for two games against Massachusetts (10 a.m.) and Miami Ohio (5:30 p.m.).

Game 1: CSU 2, Fairfield 0
The Rams were able to hold on to their momentum from the Northern Colorado game to take advantage of a shutout against the Stags.

Through the second, both sides kept their defense strong as no runs were scored. However, sophomore Danielle Wikre led off the third inning with a one-run dinger to left field, her fifth of the 2013 season. This would be all for the Rams in the third, leading 1-0.

The Rams' offense wasn't held down for long as they were able to score again in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Emily Pohl led the Rams off with a single to left field, but was replaced with freshman Lauren Snodgrass as a runner. Kailey Snyder walked, advancing Pohl, and junior Chelsea Biglow singled to left to advance both of the runners. Wikre stepped up to the plate once again, hitting a sacrifice fly and advancing Snodgrass for another RBI. This finalized the score, leaving it at 2-0.

Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy dominated in the circle again, earning her second shutout of the season and a new record of 7-6. McCarthy allowed only two hits while striking out five in a complete game of seven innings.

"Kacie pitched so well and there wasn't a lot of solid contact going on," Fisher continued. "She helped herself with some great defensive plays too. When they were trying to get things going, she was giving bunts and throwing people out."

Game 2: CSU 3, Harvard 4
The Colorado State Softball team wasn't able to hold Harvard off, notching a loss of 4-3 despite an early lead.

The Rams started their bats early, with a single from Ashlie Ortega who advanced on Cassy Mosser's single, and scored on a throw from Shae Rodriguez's single, but sacrificing Mosser on a fielder's choice. This brought Emily Pohl up, who walked, allowing Danielle Wikre to bring Rodriguez home for her third RBI of the day. Following Wikre's lead, Kendal Butterfield singled up the middle to bring in Pohl. This will be all the Rams can muster as freshman pitcher Holly Reinke lined out to left field, leaving the score at 3-0.

Reinke was able to keep the opponent scoreless up until the bottom of the third inning when the Crimsons scored one run on three hits, the score standing at 3-1.

Though only kept at one run per inning from the fifth to the seventh, Harvard was able to slip by the Rams, scoring on a double in the fifth, a run added in the sixth on an error, and a single for the final run of the game in the seventh. The game ended with the score of 4-3.

Reinke gave up two earned runs and ten hits in 6.2 innings of work, leaving her with a 3-4 record.

"Holly pitched a good game, we just need her to get with it and stay in there," Fisher said. "She's been there many times, we also need to play good defense behind her."