Softball recap: Rams earn split in home opener

Freshman Larisa Petakoff tossed a complete-game shutout vs. Southern Utah.

Freshman Larisa Petakoff tossed a complete-game shutout vs. Southern Utah.

March 8, 2014

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. –
A day after snow canceled the first day of the Colorado State Classic, the Rams were greeted by blue skies and sunshine on Saturday. Playing in front of its home fans for the first time this season, Colorado State shut out Southern Utah before falling to Dayton.

Colorado State 8, Southern Utah 0
Leading 1-0, CSU (9-4) blew the game open with a six-run second inning. With one out, the Rams loaded the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched between a base hit. The first run of the inning came when Kendal Butterfield was hit by a pitch. Freshman Haley Hutton followed with a two-run single, and after an Ashlie Ortega walk, Danielle Wikre doubled down the left-field line, clearing the bases.

Leading 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Alysa Greckel doubled to left, scoring Chelsea Biglow to end the game via mercy rule.

“All around, we were ready to go,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “It was great to see production from so many people. I think they were excited to play in front of their home fans, and get back on the field after so many cancelations.”

Five different Rams drove in a run, including Wikre and Hutton with three and two, respectively. Eight players recorded hits.

In the circle, freshman Larisa Petakoff earned her second collegiate victory, tossing a complete-game shutout. Petakoff allowed just three base runners, striking out one.

“Larisa is a tiger, she’s a fighter,” Fisher said. “She wants the ball, and she did a really nice job. She doesn’t act like a freshman. She’s intense but calm, and I’m so proud of her.”

Dayton 10, Colorado State 7
Dayton took an early 9-0 lead – scoring five times in the second and four times in the third – and despite a late rally, it was too much to overcome.

Following the Flyers’ big lead, CSU scored in four consecutive innings, including three in the third. Shae Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Jaelyn Manzanares drove in two.

Molly Randle took the loss, tossing two and two-third s of an inning.

Dayton was effective offensively, pounding out 14 hits, but CSU also wasn’t as efficient defensively as Fisher would have liked.

“Dayton hit the ball especially well,” Fisher said, “but there are some things we could have done, like taking care of the ball. I think effort-wise we were there – we were prepared and ready to go – we just need to execute better.”

After one day of competition, all four teams hold 1-1 records. Action will continue Sunday at 9 a.m. CSU will have a rematch against Dayton at 11:15, and will play Nebraska Omaha at 1:30. Live stats can be tracked here.

“With Dayton we have to come out and be a little more patient,” Fisher said. “We also have to make the pitchers work a little more. Nebraska Omaha is a tough squad and scrappy. We want to play those types of teams because the more we play them the more prepared we’ll be for conference.”


 

 

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