This Week in Rams Athletics: Softball, tennis host home competitions
April 13, 2009
By Kaity Mallo
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The CSU softball team (18-20, 2-3 MWC) is hosting three home games this week to begin a six-game homestand at Ram Field. After a 12-4 loss to UNLV on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., the Rams are preparing for a busy schedule ahead of them.
The first of the three home games will take place Tuesday at 3 p.m. MT against in-state rival Northern Colorado. The Rams will then face the New Mexico Lobos (11-27, 2-4 MWC) on both Friday and Saturday, with each game starting at 1 p.m. MT.
After concluding the games this week, the softball team will finish out the remainder of the homestand next week in hopes of improving its MWC record against San Diego State and UNLV.
Admission to all home games at Ram Field is free of charge.
The women’s tennis team will compete to capture wins as it finishes out MWC regular-season conference play Saturday against Air Force (10-15, 0-7 MWC) at home (at the Fort Collins Country Club in northeast Fort Collins, free admission) and Sunday in a border war at Wyoming (7-14, 1-6 MWC).
Saturday’s final home match in Fort Collins will begin at 10 a.m. MT. Sunday’s dual in Laramie, Wyo., will start at 1 p.m. MT.
Track and Field
This past weekend, the team split up to compete in two meets. Colorado State participated in the CU Invitational in Boulder, and the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
After cloudy skies and rain most of the day in Tempe, the majority of the events at the Sun Angel Track Classic began Saturday evening. Among many strong performances, the Rams reached three additional regional-qualifying marks in the later hours of competition.
Junior thrower Missy Faubus qualified in both the shot put division (15.78 meters) and the discus (50.51 meters), placing third and fourth overall, respectively. With a toss of 14.3 meters, junior Jennifer Ugochukwu reached the third regional-qualifying mark of the meet in the discus.
The Rams achieved several first-place finishes at the CU invitational on Saturday. In the pole vault, Rachel Saunders’ 3.5 meters and Doug Dieker’s 4.55 meters won each of them first place overall. Also, the men’s 4x100-meter relay team (Sulaiman Sayyid, Keenan Ballage, Josh Murphy and Zach Jordan) captured the first-place title with a time of 41.67 seconds.
Perhaps the most exciting performance of the CU Invitational was by freshman Nicole Peters, who regionally qualified after just her first attempt at the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Rams will return to play in two weekends when they tee off in Provo, Utah, at the Cougar Classic hosted by BYU.
Saturday’s match-play dual at the Boulder Country Club ended in a close 45-38 loss to the University of Colorado. CSU had the opportunity to add the dual to its schedule after the Spartan Invitational in San Jose was rained out in early March.
CSU freshman Brianna Espinoza and senior Stefanie Ferguson each picked up victories in their matchups in the dual for the Rams, but the Buffs rallied with victories over juniors Natalie Stone and Kasey Claussen to finish ahead of the Rams.
The festivities include a pancake breakfast, Football Frenzy, and post-scrimmage opportunities to meet the players. The entire event, including breakfast and parking, is free to the public. This exciting annual event will take place at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium with the parking lots opening at 9 a.m. Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.