This Week in Rams Athletics: First home games for softball on Saturday
March 24, 2009
By Matt Pucak
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After starting the season with 33 consecutive games away from home, the Colorado State softball team will host its first home games at Rams Field on Saturday. The Rams are set for a doubleheader with Northern Colorado that will start at 12 p.m. The UNC games are the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Rams.
CSU (16-17 overall) split four games at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., last weekend, highlighted by an upset win over No. 7 California. Freshman pitcher Kelli Eubanks was impressive for the Rams in the victory and has now pitched 10 complete games on the season.
UNC comes into the games at 11-20 on the season, but the Bears are currently riding a winning streak of three games.
The Rams opened their season at the University of Colorado Potts Invitational last Saturday. CSU recorded three NCAA regional-qualifying marks, Missy Faubus in the discus and shot, and Meagan Berg in the hammer. The meet was the beginning of the outdoor track season for CSU and the Rams only sent a small contingent down to Boulder.
This weekend will see the whole team in action, but not all in the same location. The Rams’ top distance runners will head to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday and Saturday, and other selected athletes will travel to the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday and Saturday.
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The Rams defeated Eastern Washington 6-1 last weekend at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in south Fort Collins and went 2-1 in their duals that took place over Spring Break.
The Rams come off an eighth-place finish at the National Invitational Tournament, hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz,, an event that featured many top teams in the region. The Rams were paced by Bryce Hanstad, who finished in 18th place.
The team has recently been ranked 16th in nation by Golfweek and has already tied a school record with five tournament wins this season.
The tournament will be hosted at La Entrada at Snow Canyon golf course in St. George, Utah. The field will consist of 14 teams, including four programs, No. 15 Denver, No. 19 San Jose State, No. 26 Florida and No. 37 Washington, ranked in the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. Competing in the tournament for the Rams will be senior Stefanie Ferguson, freshman Melissa Martin, junior Kasey Claussen, junior Natalie Stone, and freshman Brianna Espinoza. Sophomore Cecilia Edlund will also be in action, competing as an individual.
Following the Dixie Classic, the women travel to Saddlebrook, Ariz., for the MountainView Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday, the Rams’ last tournament before the Mountain West championships.
The Colorado State women’s golf team notched its fifth top-10 finish of the season last Tuesday at the Baylor Spring Invite. The Rams took home eight place thanks to a strong performance by Ferguson, who finished in fourth.