This Week in Rams Athletics: Softball plays in Capital Classic

Head Coach Jon Messick and the CSU tennis team are home Saturday against Eastern Washington

Head Coach Jon Messick and the CSU tennis team are home Saturday against Eastern Washington

March 16, 2009

By Kaity Mallo
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- After finishing play at the National Invitational Tournament last weekend in San Jose, Calif., the Colorado State softball team takes a break from tournaments this week.

The Rams will travel to Stockton, Calif., on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Pacific. The games will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. MT. At 2 p.m. MT on Wednesday, the team will play Nevada in Reno, Nev.

The weekend brings another tournament for the Rams. The Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., begins Thursday with games vs. Dartmouth and Sacramento State. The tilts start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., MT, respectively. The games will continue throughout the weekend, as the Rams try to chase a winning tournament record.

They will face Dartmouth again on Friday starting at 2 p.m. MT and play California at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday. The team will conclude the tournament with a final game on Sunday when it attempts to win against Cal Poly at 12 p.m. MT.

Women's tennis home Saturday
The CSU women's tennis team began its spring break trip in Hilton Head Island, S.C. over the weekend. The team has not played a match since the tough loss to New Mexico State (6-1) at the end of February. During the trip, the Rams will travel to play Armstrong Atlantic State on Monday in Savannah, Ga.

The tennis team returns home Saturday to take on Eastern Washington. The match, at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in south Fort Collins (behind Sam's Club), will begin at 2 p.m. MT. Admission is free.

Water polo
The CSU water polo team is spending the week in Huntington Beach, Calif., for a spring break training camp at Golden West Community College.

After a 1-3 finish at the Loyola Marymount Invitational this past weekend in Los Angeles, Calif., the team will prepare for a trip on Friday to Riverside, Calif., to compete in the Cal Baptist tournament.

The Rams begin the tournament playing Wagner at 10:15 a.m. MT Friday and later will have a rematch against Cal State San Bernardino Friday afternoon. The Rams beat CSUSB, 10-6, at the LMU Invitational last weekend. On Saturday, the water polo team will meet Redlands at 9 a.m. MT and then conclude its spring break trip by playing Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. MT.

Men's golf
Colorado State men's golf will compete Monday and Tuesday in the Barona Collegiate Cup, hosted by San Diego State in Lakeside, Calif. The team has been recently ranked 19th in the nation by Golfweek. The Rams won the tournament in 2003.

The competition includes New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego, San Diego State, St. Mary's, San Jose State, Utah, UTEP and Wyoming. Senior Zen Brown, juniors Bryce Hanstad, Dustin Morris, Riley Arp, sophomore Ryan Peterson and freshman Zahkai Brown are the golfers representing CSU this week in the Barona Collegiate Cup.

Following the conclusion of the competition early in the week, the team will travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the NIT, which begins Sunday.

Women's golf
The Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas, tees off Monday and Tuesday this week for women's golf. This is the third tournament of the spring season.

The teams scheduled to compete include Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, McLennan Community College, Missouri State, New Mexico State, SMU, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Texas, UT-Pan American, UT-San Antonio, and Wichita State. Colorado State is the only MWC team in attendance at the tournament hosted by Baylor. Live scoring for CSU women's golf fans wanting to follow the invitational is available at www.golfstat.com.

Swimming and diving
The NCAA swimming and diving championships begin Thursday at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Freshman swimmer Breann Fuller will represent Colorado State through Saturday, which will mark an end to the season for the 2008-2009 swimming and diving team.

Outdoor track
The CU Potts Invitational commences Saturday at the University of Colorado. This marks the beginning of the outdoor track season for Colorado State. Adding depth to the future of the track and field team with the signing of Kelby Dias last week, the Rams hope to have an accomplished 2009 season.

Last year, the Rams opened their season at the CU Potts Invitational with outstanding performances from Missy Faubus in the discus and Meagan Berg in the hammer, both hitting NCAA regional-qualifying marks.

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