Softball preview: Rams travel to face No. 9 Texas A&M in non-conference series
April 3, 2013
Game 32 Colorado State at Texas A&M
April 5, 2013 | College Station, Texas | 6 p.m. MT
Game 33 Colorado State at Texas A&M
April 6, 2013 | College Station, Texas | 3 p.m. MT
Game 34 Colorado State at Texas A&M
April 7, 2013 | College Station, Texas | 11 a.m. MT
The Colorado State softball team (17-14, 3-0 MW) steps out of Mountain West play to travel to College Station, Texas, for a three-game series, Friday-Sunday, against the No. 9-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (28-7, 5-6 SEC). Live video, audio and statistics are available throughout the weekend at AggieAthletics.com.
The Colorado Softball improved to 17-4 (3-0 Mountain West), with a series sweep UNLV to open up league play.
In Game 1 of the series the Rams shut out the Rebels, 2-0, their sixth shutout of the season and the fifth complete-game shutout for senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy.
In Game 2, the Rams offense exploded for a season-high 18 runs over five innings to defeat UNLV 18-10. Seven Rams tallied multiple-hit games. Of the seven, Chelsea Biglow and Alysa Greckel combined to drive in nine runs. Holly Reinke earned the win and McCarthy earned her first save of the 2013 season.
For the final game of the series, the Rams continued to produce offensively, en rout to a 15-7 victory. Chelsea Biglow hit a three-run home run, her third of the season. Cassy Mosser also hit a two-run blast, her second of the season. Molly Randle recorded three RBIs off two hits, one triple and a walk-off one single in the bottom of the fifth, bringing in the final run.
Continuing the streak
The Colorado State softball team enters this weekend’s action riding a six-game winning streak. The run began on March 17 with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall, in the San Diego Classic II tournament. The Rams followed that win with a 2-1 decision at Long Beach State on March 19. The streak continued with a 17-0 home win over Marist, followed by the team’s three-game series sweep of UNLV last weekend.
In addition to the Rams’ overall six-game winning streak, the team also boasts a five-game home win streak at Ram Field, and a nine-game win streak against Mountain West opponents dating back to the end of the 2012 season.
The CSU offense has continued to produce high-scoring games throughout the 2013 season, and the Rams’ series against UNLV was no different. After a 2-0 Game 1 win against the Rebels, the Rams exploded for 33 combined runs in Games 2 and 3, winning each contest in five innings. The Rams recorded their highest-scoring game of the season during their Game 2 victory, as 18 runs crossed the plate for the Green and Gold, surpassing the 17 runs scored in victories over UMKC and Marist.
Biglow named MW Player of the Week
Congratulations to junior Chelsea Biglow for being named Mountain West player of the week on April 2. It marked the first weekly honor of her career. Biglow was recognized for her performance in the Rams’ series sweep of UNLV, where she hit .556 (5-for-9) at the plate and drove in a team-high eight runs. She had three extra-base hits; one double, triple and home run and notched a 1.222 slugging percentage on the weekend, while adding a pair of walks to finish the series with a .636 on-base percentage. Defensively, Biglow was sharp at the hot corner as she compiled a perfect (1.000) fielding percentage.
Biglow is the second Ram to earn MW Player of the Week honors in 2013, joining teammate Ashlie Ortega who was honored on Feb. 19.
Mountain West rankings
With three conference games under their belts, several Colorado State players have solidified their standing among the league’s best in a number of statistical categories.
• The junior third baseman leads the Mountain West with four sacrifice flies on the season, and ranks tied for fifth with two triples on the year. Biglow’s 60 assists at third base ranks eighth.
• The junior infielder ranks in three categories. Defensively, she ranks ninth in chances (176) and putouts (168), while her two sacrifice flies are tied for third in the league.
• The senior pitcher is tied for first with 13 wins, ranks fourth in ERA (2.33), is tied for second in innings pitched (126.1), and is ranked third in batters struck out (97). She is also third in opponent batting average (.238).
• The junior shortstop ranks among the league leaders in batting average (8th; .367), runs scored (T-9th; 24), slugging percentage (2nd; .684), triples (T-5th; 2), walks (T-6th; 15) and on-base percentage (6th; .468).
• The junior catcher places in four categories, tying for fourth in both walks (16), times hit by pitch (6), runners caught stealing (7), while coming in ninth in the league with an on-base percentage of (.455).
• The freshman pitcher ranks 10th in batters struck out (39).
• The sophomore centerfielder is tied for the league lead with six triples on the season.
• The sophomore infielder ranks tied for fifth in the MW with six home runs, and her two sacrifice flies rank tied for third.
Rams ranking nationally
The Colorado State softball team enters play this week ranked among the top-100 nationally in a number of categories, including fifth in triples per game (0.39), 65th in scoring (5.26 runs per game), 73rd in slugging percentage (.437) and 88th in batting average (.285).
Several individuals rank among the top-25 nationally in a variety of categories, led by sophomore outfielder who ranks first in triples per game (0.21) and second in total triples (6). Chelsea Biglow’s four sacrifice files are the fourth-most nationally, and senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy’s five shutouts rank 17th in the country.
Power to the juniors
Four CSU juniors dominated the offense, combining to score 18 of the Rams’ 35 runs with 28 of the team’s 33 RBIs during CSU’s series sweep of UNLV. Chelsea Biglow had five hits and scored five runs. Biglow had a three-run home run, and drove in eight runs. Cassy Mosser scored five runs and had five hits. She hit a two-run home run, and drove in four on the weekend. Alysa Greckel scored four runs and had four hits. Greckel also recorded seven RBIs. Emily Pohl had two hits and scored three runs. Pohl drove in one run, walked once, and was hit by a pitch three times.
In like a lamb, out like a lion
After a slow start to the 2013 campaign, the Colorado State softball program roared through March. The Rams were 6-9 (.400) during February, but drastically improved that mark during March, notching a record of 11-5 (.688), including six shutouts throughout the month, and a six-game win streak to enter April.
Assessing the Aggies
Texas A&M, ranked ninth nationally in both the NFCA Coaches Poll and the USA Softball top-25, holds a 28-7 overall record of the 2013 season. The Aggies’ junior first baseman and catcher Nicole Morgan leads the team with a .400 batting average over 100 at bats, recording 23 runs, 40 hits, four doubles, 13 home runs, 18 walks, 41 RBIs and an .830 slugging percentage. Senior pitcher and infielder Mel Dumezich has posted a 1.96 ERA with a 19-5 record with 16 complete games and 153.2 innings pitched. Dumezich has also recorded three saves, allowed just 110 hits, 43 earned runs, and has struck out 163 batters.
The Rams continue their seven-game road trip, traveling to Reno, Nev., for a three-game series against Mountain West newcomer Nevada. The Rams and the Wolf Pack face off April 12-14 at UNR’s Hixson Softball Park.