Feb. 28, 2010
By Tawny Dennis
Athletic Media Relations
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Colorado State concluded the 2010 Cathedral City Classic with a one-run victory over Long Beach State, defeating the 49ers 3-2, before falling to No. 13 Cal, 9-1, in five innings.
Overall, Head Coach Mary Yori was pleased with her team's performance at the tournament.
"We competed really well overall this weekend," she said. "Considering the competition at this tournament, we are all really pleased with where we are as a team right now."
The Rams (7-7) fell to an early 1-0 deficit, but grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning after junior Caitlan Stem singled to lead off the inning and scored when sophomore Christine Thomsen tripled to center field. Thomsen scored the Rams' second run when senior Rebecca Penland grounded out to first base.
Long Beach State (4-7) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning and the game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when Thomsen doubled and recorded her second RBI of the game, plating junior Ivory Allen from second base. Allen reentered the game to run after senior Sarah Sullivan led off the inning with a pinch-hit single.
Freshman Kelsey Jo O'Brien started in the circle for the Rams, tossing four innings before being relieved by sophomore Dani Chaplin. Chaplin recorded two outs in the fifth before being relieved by Penland, who recorded the final out in the inning. Sophomore Kelli Eubanks tossed the final two innings for the Rams, picking up her sixth overall victory and third at the tournament.
Cal got on the board early in the second game of the day, grabbing a 1-0 lead after the first inning and adding two more runs in the top of the third to hold a 3-0 advantage.
Cal expanded its lead in the following frame, scoring two runs to grab a 5-1 advantage.
The Bears (9-3) secured the 9-1 victory in the top of the fifth inning scoring four runs on five hits.
Eubanks started in the circle against Cal, recording 4.1 innings before being relieved by Penland, who recorded the final two outs for the Rams.
Colorado State returns to Ram Field Friday when it hosts the Colorado State Classic. The Rams face North Dakota State at 1 p.m. MT followed by a 3 p.m. MT first pitch with Utah Valley. The Colorado State Classic continues Saturday when the Rams face Utah State at 11 a.m. MT. Colorado State concludes the tournament on Sunday with a doubleheader against South Dakota State at 1 p.m. MT and 3 p.m. MT, respectively.
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