Senior Chelsea O'Connor hit a grand slam, helping CSU defeat Wichita State on Saturday.
Feb. 15, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Colorado State softball program earned two victories Saturday during the second day of the UTSA Classic. CSU (7-2) defeated Wichita State (5-3) before coming from behind to beat host UTSA (4-4).
"We've been struggling a little bit at the plate, but our pitchers have kept us in the games," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "Our offense has come through when we've needed it, so it's great to walk away with two wins today."
Game 1: Colorado State 8, Wichita State 3
The game held steady through five innings, with CSU clinging to a 3-1 lead. In the sixth, however, the Rams blew the game open with five runs en route to an 8-3 victory over Wichita State.
Senior Chelsea Biglow led off the sixth with a double to left-center. The Rams loaded the bases thanks to a Shockers error and walk, and senior Chelsea O’Connor made them pay, blasting a grand slam to left.
CSU would tack on one more in the inning to take an 8-1 lead.
Wichita State scored twice in the top half of the seventh, but Holly Reinke struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the Rams’ victory. The sophomore was dominant in the circle, tossing a complete game to earn her fourth victory already this season.
Game 2: Colorado State 6, UTSA, 4
The Rams returned to the diamond to face host UTSA, and once again, CSU was victorious, defeating the Roadrunners, 6-4.
CSU struck first, scoring in the first when Danielle Wikre single to center to bring home Haley Hutton, who led off the game with a double. UTSA took the lead in the second, however, tracking on three runs from a Tess Soefje home run.
It was Wikre who retaliated in the top of third, slamming a three-run home run to left-center. One batter later, Jaelyn Manzanres followed in her wake, hitting a solo shot to left field.
The Rams would score once more in the third when pitcher Molly Randle doubled and came around to score on an UTSA fielding error, taking a 6-3 lead.
Following UTSA’s second-inning home run, Randle (2-0) set down seven consecutive batters. She pitched five-plus innings and earned the victory. Reinke tossed the final two frames, shutting down UTSA to earn the save.
"Our pitchers are really working together as a staff," Fisher said. "They're very supportive of each other, really unselfish. Molly and Holly both have a year of experience, and it's really starting to show."
Wikre finished the game 3-for-3 with four RBI. Hutton reached base three times, scoring twice.
"The entire team is extremely unselfish," Fisher said. "From senior to freshman, they all really care about each other and they want each other to do well. Everyone is accepting their roles."
CSU will close the UTSA Classic Sunday morning, facing Rutgers at 8 a.m. MT. When the two teams met on Friday, CSU scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win on a walk-off. Live stats can be tracked here.
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