Softball recap: Rams open Louisville Slugger Classic with pair of victories
March 10, 2012
By Danny Mattie
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Colorado State softball team opened play Friday at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic, picking up victories over Cal Poly and James Madison behind complete-game victories from pitchers Kacie McCarthy and Kailey Snyder.
With the victories, Colorado State improved to 9-13 on the season. The Rams have won five of their last six games entering tomorrow's second day of action at Stanford.
The Rams began the day with a 5-2 victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs, as McCarthy allowed just two runs on five hits to pick up her sixth win of the season. McCarthy threw four scoreless innings before the Rams got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on a two-RBI single from Shae Rodriguez.
The Mustangs added a run in the bottom of the inning, but Kendal Butterfield put the Rams back in control with a two-out double to left center. Butterfield's hit drove in two for the Rams, and the sophomore scored two batters later on an RBI double from Taylor Hutton.
The Mustangs threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but CSU held on for the 5-2 victory.
In the second game of the day, the Rams jumped out to a 6-1 lead on the James Madison Dukes, and held off a JMU rally in the top of the seventh to come away with the win.
CSU struck first with a one-run second inning when Butterfield scored on a wild pitch.
The Rams broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs - all with two outs - aided by a JMU error, a pair of wild pitches, and five walks in the inning. Danielle Wikre, Alysa Greckel, Hutton, and Mosser all crossed the plate for the Rams.
JMU went down in order in the top of the sixth, before Wikre scored her second run of the contest on a two-out infield single from Mosser.
The Dukes rallied with a pair of two-run homers in the top of the seventh, but could not overtake the Rams.
With the complete-game victory, Snyder improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Rams return to the diamond Saturday, taking on Ole Miss (10 a.m. MT) and host Stanford (12:15 p.m. MT).