Feb. 19, 2010
Colorado State vs. Sam Houston State | Colorado State vs. Missouri State
By Tawny Dennis
Athletic Media Relations
DENTON, Texas - Colorado State recorded two come-from-behind victories on the first day of the North Texas Sleep Inn Classic, defeating Sam Houston State, 4-3, and Missouri State, 3-2, at Lovelace Stadium.
The wins helped the Rams (3-4, 0-0 Mountain West) bounce back from a tough opening weekend, and gave them momentum to begin a five-game road trip.
Head Coach Mary Yori was proud of her team's ability to not only erase early deficits in each game, but also to put away the Rams' opponents in a pair of tight contests.
"Our pitchers combined to do a really good job today," Yori said. "The key for us was winning two come-from-behind, one-run games."
In the first game against SHSU, seniors Rebecca Penland and Allison Majam each recorded two RBI, while each finished 1-for-3 from the plate.
Penland's two RBI came in the bottom of the fourth inning when she doubled to score sophomores Jenna Krogh and Christine Thomsen. Krogh led off the inning with a double to center field and advanced to third when Thomsen singled to left.
Sam Houston State took the lead in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on four hits, but Colorado State regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Majam recorded her two RBI.
With two outs and sophomore Ashley MacQueen on second after replacing Thomsen as a pinch runner, Majam launched a two-run home run to center field to give the Rams a 4-3 advantage.
Sophomore Kelli Eubanks
allowed a leadoff single in the top of the seventh inning, but retired the final three batters to secure Colorado State's 4-3 victory. Eubanks tossed the complete game, allowing eight hits while striking out six Bearkats.
The Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second game against MSU, when Penland homered to right field to lead off the second inning.
Missouri State answered with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to grab a 2-1 advantage.
Senior Ashley Munoz gave Colorado State a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning when she doubled to center field to plate Penland and Majam. Penland recorded a one-out single and Majam followed with a double down the right-field line.
Eubanks entered the circle in the bottom of the fifth inning, replacing freshman Kelsey O'Brien, and allowed only one hit in the final three frames to secure Colorado State's second victory of the day and third victory of the season.
O'Brien earned her first collegiate victory in the circle for the Rams, tossing four innings and striking out four Missouri State batters.
Colorado State continues the Sleep Inn Classic Saturday against Drake at 11:30 a.m. MT followed by a 2 p.m. first pitch against tournament-host North Texas.