Feb. 22, 2013
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The Colorado State softball team continued play Friday morning at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, posting a loss, 7-3, to Utah on the second day of the tournament.
The Utes gained a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a pair of singles and a double against senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy, and added a third run on a solo homer in the top of the sixth.
The Rams were kept scoreless until the sixth inning when junior Ashlie Ortega and senior Brianna Donahue both hit singles to left field. Junior Casey Mosser laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the two runners, and it was junior Shae Rodriguez that brought them home with a single to right field, bringing the Rams within 3-2.
“Shae is very steady and you can count on her to have a good at bat with any type of pitching, she doesn’t get fooled very often,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “We need more of that consistency throughout the lineup.”
The Utes broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh with the bases against McCarthy, freshman pitcher Holly Reinke entered in relief. However she was unable to keep Utah at bay, allowing four runs to be scored.
“We’ve got a lot of pitching depth, we’ve just need to iron a couple of things out with who’s next up and on working people in,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to more options to rely on, not just Kacie all the time.”
Sophomore infielder Danielle Wikre attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot to right field. However this was all the offense the Rams were able to muster, falling by a 7-3 final.
McCarthy was marked with the loss giving up eight hits and six runs over 6.0 innings. The Rams current tournament record is 0-3, and the team falls to 6-7 to start the season.
The Rams end the tournament tomorrow, playing late games against Virginia (6:00 p.m. MT) and Syracuse (8:30 p.m. MT).
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