Feb. 8, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Colorado State softball team scored two runs in the top of the eighth to beat Oregon State, 3-2, on Saturday night. The win improves the Rams’ record to 3-0, their best start since going 5-0 to begin the 2010 season.
In all, CSU (3-0) has won six consecutive games dating back to the end of last year.
"I'm really proud of these girls," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "It's exciting to see us take care of business in these tight games."
Knotted at 1-1 following a Haley Hutton home run in the sixth inning, the teams headed to extra innings. With a runner automatically placed on second base to begin the inning, senior Alysa Greckel reached first on a bunt single. Two batters later, Hutton walked, loading the bases for senior Ashlie Ortega.
Ortega – who hit a grand slam on Friday night – came through again, scoring a pair on a one-out single to right field.
Oregon State (2-3) went down in order in the bottom half of the eighth – although the Beavers did score on a sacrifice fly from the runner automatically placed on second.
Freshman Larisa Petakoff made her collegiate debut in the circle, earning the win with a complete game performance. She struck out five and walked none, allowing just one earned run and five hits over eight innings.
"Larisa was very composed, and she just has a killer instinct," Fisher said. "She's a machine. She's fun to watch."
On offense, CSU recorded just five hits but was clutch in the important moments, tying the score at 1-1 and scoring twice in extras.
CSU was just 1-3 in extra-innings games in 2013.
Through three innings of work both teams had mustered out just one hit apiece, but in the bottom of the fourth Oregon State got on the board with a two-out triple by Kylie Padilla, scoring Christie Langlois, who had singled in the prior at-bat.
The score would remain the same until Hutton’s sixth-inning solo shot to center, the first of her young career.
"It's pretty cool for her first career hit to be a home run," Fisher said. "For me, it's satisfying to see two freshmen step up like they did for us today."
The Rams return to the field Sunday for the final day of the Kajikawa Classic. CSU will face Utah at 11:30 a.m. MT, followed by Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m. Live stats for the Utah game can be tracked here.
"The good thing is we didn't have to use our bullpen, so our pitchers got a day of rest," Fisher said. "I think we'll be fresh despite a quick turnaround."
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