Feb. 8, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Colorado State softball team split a pair of one-run decisions on Saturday afternoon at the Red Desert Classic, falling to the Arkansas Razorbacks, 5-4, in a nine-inning thriller before holding on for a 4-3 victory over the Utah State Aggies.
The Rams are now 2-2 to open the 2013 season, heading into their final action of the tournament on Saturday against Oklahoma State.
Game 1: CSU 4, Arkansas 5
The Rams opened Day 2 of the Red Desert Classic with a hard-fought matchup against SEC foe Arkansas, battling the Razorbacks into extra innings with a strong defensive effort, that included three double plays, before eventually falling by a 5-4 margin.
“The team really battled, and our defense was really sound,” said head coach Jen Fisher of the Rams’ matchup against Arkansas.
The game remained tied heading into extra innings when the Rams took a 4-2 advantage in the top of the eighth. With Ortega placed on second to open the inning, Cassy Mosser reached on bunt single to give the Rams runners the lead as Ortega scored on an a throwing error to give the Rams a 3-2 lead. Mosser scored from third two batters later on an Alysa Greckel single to left field.
The Razorbacks answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single, before holding the Rams scoreless in the top of the ninth.
The Razorbacks plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a throwing error by CSU ace Kacie McCarthy, an uncharacteristic mark against the senior.
With a runner placed on second base, McCarthy misfired after fielding a leadoff bunt, allowing the winning run to cross the plate. McCarthy pitched an otherwise stellar game, giving up three earned runs while scattering 12 hits in the contest.
Game 2: CSU 4, Utah State 3
The Rams then returned to the diamond for their second game of the day against future Mountain West rival Utah State, using a long ball from third baseman Chelsea Biglow and the pitching tandem of Molly Randle and Holly Reinke to hold off a late rally attempt by the Aggies.
Biglow came up big for the Rams, as the junior recorded her first home run of the season from the No. 6 spot in the Rams’ lineup. With the Rams on top 3-2, Biglow led off the sixth inning by connecting on a long ball to give the Rams a 4-2 cushion that would prove to be the difference in the game.
The Aggies challenged in their final at-bat, plating one run in the top of the seventh before freshman pitcher Holly Reinke closed the door on the rally.
Reinke and sophomore hurler Molly Randle combined for a two-hit gem in the circle for the Rams. Randle pitched four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) while allowing just one hit and striking out one.
Reinke threw three innings in relief of Randle, giving up just one earned run on one hit and striking out three batters to earn her first victory in a Rams’ uniform.
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