Feb. 12, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas - The 2012 CSU softball season officially has one weekend of play in the books, capped off by an 8-0 loss in five innings to No. 18/19 Texas at Red & Charline McCombs Field.
With the loss, the Rams end their first weekend of play with a 2-3 overall record (0-0 MWC) and a second-place finish in the Texas Classic. The Longhorns (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) stayed perfect in more than one sense; after five games, the Texas pitching staff has yet to give up a run. The Longhorn offense, meanwhile, outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 60-0.
CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher recognized Texas' talented lineup and pitching staff, but despite losing to the Longhorns twice, she sees the experience as a positive for the team.
"It's great for us to get down here and see what top-notch pitching looks like," Fisher said. "We felt like we got a lot out of that."
CSU senior Lyssa Roberts collected the Rams' only hit of the game, a single up the middle in the fifth and final inning. The Rams had two on with one out in the fourth inning after two walks and a wild pitch, but Texas starter Blaire Luna was able to strike out two and get out of the jam.
Freshman Molly Randle, who hit a pinch-hit RBI single in Saturday's game against Cal State Fullerton, got her first start in the circle for the Rams. All of Texas' eight runs were charged to Randle in 4.1 innings of work.
"I think we got a really good, quality start out of Molly Randle today, so that was very exciting," Fisher said. "She gave up a home run, her first ever, and then she stayed perfectly calm and had a lot of good quality pitches. It was very exciting to have a good-quality start out of her, and we're looking forward to being able to see more and more good things out of her."
Next weekend, the Rams will head to Las Cruces, N.M., for the Troy Cox Classic. They will take on Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 9:30 a.m. MT, followed by a matchup with Nebraska at 2 p.m. MT. The Huskers were ranked No. 20/21 in the national preseason polls.
Looking ahead to Las Cruces, Fisher and the team will look to build upon their experience from last year and the 2012 opening weekend.
"I think we're just leaps and bounds ahead of where we were at this point last year," Fisher said. "I feel really good about that. We're still young, but with that great senior leadership in Kelli [Eubanks] & Lyssa [Roberts], our sophomores are playing with a lot of confidence and are really supporting each other, and when you couple those seniors with about five sophomores that have a lot of experience, those freshmen & transfers are catching on a lot more quickly to the system that we're putting in place."