Feb. 17, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The Colorado State softball team closed play at the Troy Cox Classic on Sunday afternoon, dropping its final game of the tournament to host New Mexico State, 9-2. The Rams finished the weekend with a 4-1 record, to improve to 6-4 to start the 2013 season.
New Mexico State jumped out to an early lead with two home runs, a three-run bomb and a solo shot, in a five-run first inning. That proved to be all the offense the Aggies would need against Rams’ freshman starter Holly Reinke.
Sophomore Danielle Wikre, who was inserted in the Rams’ lineup in the second inning to play first base, attempted to revive the Rams in the fifth inning with a two-run homer to left field, bringing in senior designated player Kailey Snyder, who singled to lead off the inning.
"That was good to see. We have players on the bench who can hit like that," said Head Coach Jen Fisher. "We need to get the bats going, but we were happy to see Danielle get that hit."
But that was all the offense the Rams were able to muster.
Reinke (2-1) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. Kacie McCarthy closed the game for the Rams, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out one.
The Rams will return to the diamond for five games next weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. CSU begins play with Georgia and Oregon State on Day 1, followed by a Saturday matchup against former conference foe Utah. The Rams close the tournament on Sunday against Virginia and Syracuse.
"We have some very tough competition; we play some teams that are historically ranked." Fisher said. "It will be a good tournament for us and the ladies are ready for a test because we went through a lot this weekend. We came back from a lot of adversity; it showed that we could come from behind."