March 3, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball program hosted the last day of the Colorado State Classic on Sunday, falling to Bradley in the first game, 6-5, and dropping the finale of the tournament to No. 18 Washington, 6-3.
The Rams (8-12 overall) ended the tournament with a 2-3 record, finishing third in the tourney standings behind Washington (4-0) and Nebraska Omaha (4-1). Bradley finished tied with the Rams at 2-3, but CSU edged the Braves by run differential in the tie breaker. Brown finished tournament play with an 0-5 mark.
The Rams continue play next week hosting the Northern Colorado Bears for one game on Wednesday, looking to boost their record.
Game 1: CSU 5, Bradley 6
In the Rams first game of the day, Bradley started off with 4-0 lead through the second against freshman pitcher Holly Rienke who pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and six runs (four earned) in seven innings.
In the bottom of the third, Ashlie Ortega led off the order with a solo shot to left field. The Braves didn’t allow any more runs for the inning as Alysa Greckel grounded out to second base for the last out.
Bradley scored another run in the top of the fourth, but the CSU added to its tally when Danielle Wikre and Taylor Hutton drew back-to-back walks, Kendal Butterfield singled to left field advancing the runners, before a walk by Ortega scored Wikre. Cassy Mosser singled to right field, bringing in Butterfield and Hutton in for two RBIs. With three runs on the board, the Rams cut the deficit to 5-4 through four innings.
The Rams tied the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the fifth when Hutton hit a sac fly that brought in Haley David. David was pinch running for Greckel , who singled to shortstop.
The score remained tied until the top of the seventh when Reinke threw a wild pitch that got away from junior catcher Emily Pohl, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate. Reinke was tagged with the loss, bringing her record to an even 3-3.
Game 2: CSU 3, Washington 6
For the final game of the Colorado State Classic, the Rams looked to boost their momentum against No. 18-ranked Washington.
The top of the first inning showed promise when junior catcher Emily Pohl caught a runner stealing and senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy struck out the next two batters. McCarthy continued to baffle the Washington hitters in the second inning, tallying two more strikeouts in the frame.
The Rams got their bats going in the bottom of the second when Wikre stepped up to the plate and blasted a solo shot, her fourth of the season. Shortly after, senior Brianna Donahue came up and hit a one run home run, giving the Rams and early lead, 2-0.
The Rams’ defense faltered in the top of the third when three runs were allowed on a combination of singles, walks, a wild pitch, and an error putting the Huskies on top, 3-2.
Both teams would be kept scoreless through the fourth and the Rams kept the Huskies scoreless further going into the fifth inning. Ortega led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, her second of the day, to tie the game, 3-3.
“(Ortega) has a beautiful swing and she knows the game so well,” Head Coach Fisher said. “That’s exactly why she’s in the position that she is in, she controls the infield. She has had some hiccups too, but she’s going to walk in and be ready to work on anything that’s needed. She’ll take care of herself; she’s a smart ball player.
As darkness threatened to end the game early, the Huskies scored another three runs on a two run homer by Kimberlee Souza and another homer by Whitney Jones, pushing UW’s advantage to the final margin of 6-3.
McCarthy recorded the loss over seven innings, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned), while striking out five.
“I thought we all came out strong this game and the last game; we competed with every inning, every out, and every pitch,” McCarthy said. “I thought that for my part I was working on getting those pitches to get ahead of the batters.”
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