Junior SS Ashlie Ortega
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Colorado State softball team returned to the diamond on Friday at the Troy Cox Classic, capturing victories in back-to-back games against Texas Tech and Penn State on the first day of the three-day tournament.
The Rams started off with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the Red Raiders before jumping out to a big lead en route to a 10-2 win over the Nittany Lions.
With the victories, the Rams improve to 4-3 to start the 2013 season.
Colorado State returns to the action for two games on Saturday. The Rams will first compete against New Mexico State (4 p.m.) and end the night against UMKC (6 p.m.).
Game 1: CSU 6, Texas Tech 4
Colorado State opened up its second weekend of action, battling back from an early 3-2, and using a four-run third inning to capture a 6-4 victory over Texas Tech.
The Rams got on the board in the second inning when Chelsea Biglow tripled to right center and scored on a single form Kendal Butterfield. Butterfield then proceeded to steal second and scored on a single from Ashlie Ortega, giving the Rams’ an early 2-0 advantage.
The Rams didn’t stop there. After surrendering three runs in the bottom of the second, CSU tallied four runs in the third when Biglow plated Taylor Hutton on a single, also scored on another Butterfield single up the middle. Ortega capped the inning with a two-run double scoring both Butterfield and Brianna Donahue.
“We were proud to see that the girls weren’t happy with just one run, they kept wanting more and were able to get more,” Fisher said. “Brianna drew a clutch walk which was good because it brought up Ashlie, who’s been doing well at the plate.”
Rams’ senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy (2-1) turned in a stellar performance, notching a career-high 13 strikeouts, while scattering eight hits and four runs in a complete-game effort.
Ortega finished 2-of-4 from the plate with three RBIs in the contest, while Mosser (2-3), Biglow (2-4) and and Butterfield (2-4) also tallied multiple hits in the game.
Game 2: CSU 10, Penn State 2
The Rams then kept their momentum going into Game 2, cruising to the 10-2 victory over Penn State. The team started off on the right foot, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
With plenty of cushioning to start out, the Rams added three more runs in the second inning to open up a 10-0 advantage.
CSU’s freshman pitcher Holly Reinke kept the Nittany Lions at bay allowing only two runs in the top of the fifth, but it was not enough offense from PSU, and the Rams closed out the game in just five innings.
The Rams were able to stake to their early advantage thanks to control problems from the Penn State pitchers. CSU scored five of their runs on wild pitches in the inning.
Reinke was able to put Penn State on hold as well until the top of the fifth, surrendering just the two runs, while striking out six batters, to improve to 2-0 on the season.
“(Reinke) is young, but aggressive and loves playing game and loves to pitch,” added Fisher. “We like what we’re seeing with her; she has a lot of talent and has a love for the game.”
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