Feb. 24, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The Rams started the Cathedral City Classic on a winning note Thursday against Long Beach State, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to claim a 7-6 victory over the 49ers at Big League Dreams Sports Park.
The win marks the second time this season in which the Rams won their first game of a weekend tournament since winning their season opener in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 10. CSU improves to a 4-7 overall record (0-0 Mountain West), while Long Beach State evens it record at 6-6 (0-0 Big West).
“We saw two different pitchers and they were both very tough,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “They had good changeups and threw really hard, but we did a really good job making them come to us and just battling.”
CSU scored in every inning but the first. The first of the team’s seven runs came on a second-inning RBI double from senior Lyssa Roberts (1-for-3).
The Rams trailed, 5-1, coming into the bottom of the second. CSU freshman Shae Rodriguez (1-for-2) narrowed the gap with a two-RBI double down the right-field line, cutting LBSU’s lead to two runs.
With the game tied at five, freshman Haley David (1-for-2) came to the plate in the fifth inning and doubled down the right-field line to bring in Rodriguez and give the Rams a one-run lead.
The 49ers tied the game once again with an RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth, but CSU sophomore Emily Pohl (2-for-2) supplied the winning run in the bottom of the frame with her first home run of the year, a solo shot to right field.
Senior Kelli Eubanks started in the circle for the Rams and gave up five earned runs in 2.1 innings. Junior Kacie McCarthy pitched the other 4.2 innings, giving up one additional earned run. With the win, McCarthy improves her record to 2-1 and claims the lowest ERA on the pitching staff with 4.50.
“To [Kacie], it just doesn’t matter,” Fisher said. “She’ll take the ball in a start, she’ll take it in the middle innings, she’ll take it in the late innings. She’s just really being aggressive on the mound. We just really feel like we can count on her. She’s a vocal leader out there.”
The Rams continue the Cathedral City Classic with a matchup against Iowa State on Friday. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. MT.