Feb. 16, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Colorado State dropped its weekend finale on Sunday, falling to Rutgers, 10-6. Despite the setback, CSU concluded the weekend with a 3-2 mark, improving to 7-3 on the season.
“We battled really well,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “I thought we hit the ball hard. It was weird playing on a time limit, because we knew we had to drop dead at 11:30, and with us being behind we didn’t want to make a lot of changes because we wanted to give ourselves every chance to hit in the seventh.”
Due to travel arrangements, both teams agreed the game would not extend past 11:30 a.m., regardless of the score. CSU had a runner on base and two outs in the top of the seventh at that point in time.
The game remained scoreless up until the third when the Rams posted two runs, making the most of a Rutgers miss fire that brought Kendal Butterfield in and a double by Chelsea O’Connor that brought Ashlie Ortega home.
“Chelsea is playing very tough,” Fisher said. “She’s a good outfielder, gives good reads, is a threat at the plate and runs the bases well. She’s a smart player, and she knows the game.”
Following CSU’s two runs, Rutgers responded by posting three runs of its own in the third, and four in the fourth.
Trailing 7-2, the Rams attempted a comeback. Following an RBI single by Danielle Wikre, senior Chelsea Biglow smacked a three-run home run to left-center, bringing the Rams within one, 7-6.
Rutgers would score three times in the bottom half of the inning, however, sealing the victory.
CSU used three pitchers in the loss. Following Larisa Petakoff’s two and two-thirds innings of work, Molly Randle pitched two and one-third, before Holly Reinke tossed the sixth.
“We’re not quite as crisp on Sundays with our pitching,” Fisher said. “I think we were missing our spots a little bit, and we used all three pitchers. They’ve been doing a tremendous job, but that’s going to be our goal for the week, to make sure we are as crisp on the mound on Sunday as we are the first game out on Friday.”
Eight different Rams recorded hits, led by freshman Haley Hutton, who had two singles and a walk.
Following 10 games in 10 days to start the season, the Rams will have the upcoming weekend off before competing in the San Diego Classic I (Feb. 28-March 2), where they will face Ole Miss, Utah, Grand Canyon, Lehigh, BYU and No. 1 Tennessee.