Senior P Kelli Eubanks held No. 18/19 Texas to four runs over five innings on Saturday
Feb. 11, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday proved to be a tale of two offenses for the Rams as they lost to host Texas, 6-0, and later defeated Cal State Fullerton, 9-3, at Red and Charline McCombs Field.
With the win and loss, CSU (2-2, 0-0 Mountain West) avenged a 13-10 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Friday, and improved its tournament record to 2-2, earning a No. 2 seed for the final day of the weekend tournament. Texas remained a perfect 3-0 and will enter Sunday's championship game against the Rams as the top-seeded team.
Eubanks made her second start of the season and gave up four runs and seven hits, striking out five over five innings of work.
"They have an extremely powerful lineup, so it was just a great outing for Kelli," CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "She just got to her limit on her pitch count, so we had to change her out, but she did an outstanding job. It was really good to see that from Kelli."
Snyder, a transfer from Santa Barbara City College, gave up an additional two runs and struck out one in her two-inning appearance.
"She definitely went out there to compete against a really solid team," Fisher said. "She attacked the strike zone and she plays great defense, and she prepared herself well, so she's been a great addition. She's got a lot of experience at the junior-college level and she's used to being relied upon, so she did a really nice job today."
Offensively, CSU sophomore Ashlie Ortega and freshman Shae Rodriguez were the only players to get a hit off of Texas starter Gabby Smith, both for extra bases. Blaire Luna, who threw a five-hit, 13-strikeout shutout against the Rams last season, entered the game in relief of Smith and gave up a double to Ortega in the sixth.
The CSU offense struck early and often in the second game, against Fullerton. Freshman Danielle Wikre notched her second hit of the season with a two-RBI triple to right-center field in the first inning. Rodriguez followed up with an RBI single to left.
Sophomore Chelsea Biglow went 3-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle, needing only a home run to achieve that distinction. Biglow supplied three of the team's total runs with an RBI single, RBI double and RBI triple.
"Chelsea's just been really seeing the ball well and attacking," Fisher said. "She's really taking a good approach at the plate. We just love to see that from her. She just keeps building on that experience and she's a great leader for us. She kind of sets that tone at the plate."
Rams freshman Molly Randle stepped in as a pinch hitter in the seventh and got her first hit of the season, an RBI single to cap off the Rams' nine-run day.
"I was very, very proud of her," Fisher said. "Molly's a very athletic player. She works hard at everything, so I was very happy for her to come up with really her first collegiate hit."
Sunday, the Rams will take on Texas in the championship game at 11 a.m. MT in a rematch of Saturday's game. The winner will walk away with top honors in the Classic. The Longhorn Network will once again broadcast the game.
"They have an extremely powerful offense and their pitchers just don't make mistakes," Fisher said. "They just hit their spots and move the ball, and change speeds. We're excited to face them again, but we just want to play our best ball."
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