March 9, 2014
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State again earned a split on Sunday, finishing the Colorado State Classic 2-2. The Rams (10-5) got revenge over Dayton, beating the Flyers 9-5, but couldn’t get on the board in their afternoon contest, falling to Nebraska Omaha, 4-0.
Colorado State 9, Dayton 5
After losing to Dayton, 10-7, Saturday afternoon, CSU jumped on the board early Sunday, scoring three times in the first and five times in the third. The Rams never trailed en route to a 9-5 victory.
“Coming off of yesterday’s loss, I’m very proud of how we jumped on Dayton early today,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “It was great to put some runs up, and it’s always great to knock a pitcher out early.”
Junior Danielle Wikre produced the first hit of the game, an RBI double down the left-field line. One batter later, junior Shae Rodriguez cleared the bases with a two-run triple to right-center. During a five-run fifth, senior Chelsea O’Connor hit a solo home run, followed by four more hits and four runs.
With a comfortable lead, pitcher Larisa Petakoff was able to challenge hitters and stay in front. The freshman struck out eight in the complete game – her second in as many days.
“She keeps fighting,” Fisher said. “She fought hard for that win and that complete game. She kept attacking the zone, and showing what she’s capable of.”
Dayton scored in three straight innings from the fourth through sixth, but CSU was able to stay in front and hold on for the victory.
On offense, Wikre, Rodriguez and senior Alysa Greckel each had a multiple hits , driving in five total runs. Freshman Haley Hutton got on base twice, scoring both times.
Nebraska Omaha 4, Colorado State 0
Hits and runs were at a scarcity as the two teams combined for one run and three hits through the first three innings. The Mavericks got their second run of the game in the fourth, however, on a solo home run, and tacked on another in the fifth, taking advantage of a CSU error.
The Rams had opportunities to score in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, having the tying runner at the plate. In the sixth, CSU had runners on the corner and one out, but couldn’t come around to score, as the inning ended with a double play.
“I wish the outcome could have been different,” Fisher said. “They made some good plays on defense, and we just couldn’t capitalize. If we got one run in things might have been different.”
Hutton and Wikre each reach based twice, recording two of CSU’s four hits.
Despite suffering her first loss of the season, Holly Reinke (5-1) tossed a complete game. The sophomore struck out six and allowed just seven batters to reach base.
“Holly threw a really good game,” Fisher said. “UNO is a good hitting team, and I thought Holly held them at bay well. Her mental game has also been really good.”
The Rams finished the Colorado State Classic 2-2, along with Dayton. Nebraska Omaha went 2-1, while Southern Utah went 1-2. CSU will be back in action Tuesday, facing Northern Colorado in Greeley.
“We just have to keep pushing our depth,” Fisher said. “We have three or four kids who are jockeying for playing time, so I’d like to see a couple things we might be able to do.”
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