Softball recap: Rams run past Bears

April 11, 2012

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Behind a dominant pitching performance from Kacie McCarthy, the Colorado State Rams came from behind to beat the Northern Colorado Bears Wednesday afternoon, 6-2, at Ram Field.

The win improves the Rams’ record to 19-18 on the season, giving the squad its first winning record since the end of the 2010 season.

CSU compiled nine hits in the ballgame, but also took advantage of several UNC miscues.

“Good defense, solid pitching and good, timely hitting,” said Head Coach Jen Fisher on the win. “It was a good win for our team.”

The Rams fired first, scoring in the bottom of the second inning after designated player Haley David reached on a fielding error by UNC pitcher Kelci Cheney. David advanced to third on Lyssa Roberts’ single to right, and came around to score when the next batter, Kendal Butterfield, singled to left.

Three of UNC’s four hits came in the fourth inning, when right fielder Lindsey Smith led off the inning with a solo homer, followed by doubles from Mikayla Duffy and Kaitlin Flynn.

CSU, however, tied the score at 2-2 after back-to-back singles, followed by consecutive walks. The second walk allowed David to score from third.

“We had several batters who had great at-bats today, drawing walks and getting on base,” Fisher said. “For example, Kendal forced the count to 3-2 in one of her at-bats, and was able to lay off the last ball, and that brought in a run. We were able to put the ball in play or draw the walks, which is key.”

In the bottom of the sixth, Roberts doubled and came around to score on Ashlie Ortega’s single to center. UNC brought in Megan Wilkinson to relieve Cheney, but a pair of walks and an Emily Pohl base hit blew the game open. Three other Rams reached base in the inning, and four came around to score, giving CSU a 6-2 lead entering the final frame.

With one out and a runner on first, the game was delayed for 46 minutes due to lightning in the area. Following the delay, McCarthy needed just five pitches to record the final two outs, clinching the victory for CSU.

Ortega finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate, also adding two walks, a run and an RBI.  Roberts also had two hits and eight different Rams reached base.

CSU is now riding a three-game winning streak—all against UNC—and will begin conference action Friday at San Diego State. The Rams and Aztecs will meet at 7 p.m. MT on Friday and Saturday, followed by a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.

“Our players are really working hard,” Fisher said. “I think we’re a little bit anxious and excited about the start of league play. If we can turn that anxiety into adrenaline we can really be solid.”