Senior Chelsea O'Connor hit a walk-off home run on Friday, part of a four-run seventh inning to defeat Rutgers.
Feb. 14, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Colorado State (5-2) beat Rutgers (0-1) Friday morning on a dramatic walk-off home run before falling to Oklahoma State (3-3) later that afternoon. The games were part of Day 1 of the UTSA Classic.
Game 1: Colorado State 4, Rutgers 2
Down to their final strike, the Rams rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Rutgers, 4-2.
With a 2-2 count, pinch hitter Molly Randle singled to second base to extend the game, followed by a Haley Hutton single to left-center. The Rams tied the game four pitches later with a two-run triple down the right-field line by senior Ashlie Ortega.
"Molly had seen that pitcher twice already, so we decided to re-enter her," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "She came up clutch, and then it continued from there."
CSU didn't waste much time, as the next batter, senior Chelsea O'Connor, pounded a walk-off home run to right-center, giving the Rams the victory.
It was O'Connor's first home run as a Ram. The native of Windsor, Colo., played her first three years of college ball at Tennessee and Boston.
"That was big," Fisher said. "I'm so proud of our team for the way they continue to fight. They never gave up."
Sophomore Holly Reinke earned her third win of the season (3-0), pitching two scoreless innings. Randle started the game, tossing five innings and allowing just three hits and two runs before being relieved one batter into the sixth inning.
Each team had just one hit through four innings, and through six, CSU had recorded zero runs and just three hits. In the seventh alone, however, the Rams scored four times on four hits.
Game 2: Oklahoma State 6, Colorado State 3
CSU put itself in position for yet another comeback, but fell to the Cowgirls, 6-3.
Oklahoma State took an early 4-0 lead with a grand slam in the second inning. The Cowgirls would tack on two more, making it 6-0, heading into the top of the sixth.
"We put Larisa (Petakoff) in a bad spot, but she was real tough," Fisher said. "She's getting a lot of good experience, and will continue to be solid."
Following a pair of outs to start the inning, the Rams put together their first scoring threat with three consecutive walks. With the bases loaded, sophomore Jaelyn Manzanares singled to right, bringing home Ashlie Ortega and Chelsea O'Connor.
CSU would threaten again in the seventh, recording three hits and a walk, but left the bases loaded after scoring one run.
"We're a pitch or two away from winning that game, actually," Fisher said.
Larisa Petakoff worked all six innings for the Rams, allowing four earned runs and striking out three. On offense, CSU got hits from Haley Hutton, Manzanares, O'Connor and Molly Randle.
CSU returns to the field Saturday for Day 2 of the UTSA Classic. The Rams will face Wichita State (10:30 a.m. MT) and host UTSA (6 p.m.). Live stats can be accessed here.
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