Feb. 9, 2014
CSU-Utah Stats | CSU-Cal State Northridge Stats
TEMPE, Ariz. – Colorado State went 1-1 on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic, finishing its opening weekend 4-1. The Rams began the day with a victory over Utah, 11-5, to start the season 4-0, before falling to Cal State Northridge, 4-2.
Colorado State 11, Utah 5
The Rams improved to 4-0 on the season with their second consecutive come-from-behind victory.
After trailing 3-0 early, CSU tied the score with a three-run fourth inning. The Rams began the inning with four singles, and were able to capitalize with a two-run double by Chelsea Biglow.
The Utes (2-3) jumped back in front with one run in the bottom half of the fourth, but in the fifth, CSU took advantage of a Utah error, scoring five unearned runs.
With the bases loaded and two outs, sophomore Jaelyn Manzanares reached on a Utah miscue, which allowed two runs to score. The next batter, junior Shae Rodriguez, hit a three-run home run, giving the Rams an 8-4 lead.
CSU added three more runs in the top of the seventh, scoring on back-to-back round-trippers by Danielle Wikre and Manzanares.
Three CSU players had multi-hit games, including Wikre, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. As a team, CSU out-hit Utah, 12-9.
The game started out a little rocky for the Rams, as Utah scored three times in the first two innings to take an early 3-0 lead. Starting pitcher Molly Randle, who earned a win on Friday over Portland State, was relieved by Holly Reinke midway through the second inning.
Reinke (2-0) was able to shut down the Utes, limiting them to two runs over five and one-third innings to earn the victory. She struck out four and walked none.
Cal State Northridge 4, Colorado State 2
CSU fell behind early, and was never able to recover, falling to the Matadors (3-2), 4-2.
On offense, six Rams recorded hits. Additionally, seniors Ashlie Ortega and Kendal Butterfield reached base twice, and Wikre hit a solo home run.
Trailing 4-0, the Rams got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with Wikre’s second home run of the day. Two batters later Biglow doubled and was able to score on a passed ball.
Freshman Larisa Petakoff (1-1) pitched all seven innings for the Rams, surrendering four runs while striking out three.
CSU returns to the field Friday for the UTSA Classic, in San Antonio, Texas. The Rams will play five games over three days.