Senior Chelsea O'Connor had six RBI in two wins Friday, including her third grand slam of the season.
March 14, 2014
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FRESNO, Calif. – The Colorado State softball program earned a pair of victories Friday, improving its overall record to 12-5. The Rams began the day with a 6-2 victory over Cal Poly, and carried the momentum to the afternoon game, sailing over Pacific, 10-2. The wins come during Day 1 of the Fresno State Classic.
"It was a good day," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "It was good to get the bats going. I thought we played well and spread our offense out to put pressure on their defense. We ran the bases well, and I thought it was a solid performance all the way around.
Colorado State 6, Cal Poly 2
The Rams took an early lead in the first, as Chelsea O’Connor doubled home Shae Rodriguez, who also doubled. Cal Poly would tie score at 1-1 in the third, but in the top of the fourth, CSU broke the tie with three runs.
Alysa Greckel drove in the Rams’ second run via a sacrifice fly, and Kendal Butterfield singled to center, bringing in Ashlie Ortega. Leading 3-1, Haley Hutton tacked one more on with an infield single.
Two more runs would be added in the top of the sixth with Hutton plating a runner after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and O’Connor hitting a sacrifice fly.
Holly Reinke (6-1) earned the win, striking out three and holding the Mustangs hitless through the first two innings. Butterfield went 3-for-3, and Hutton and O’Connor each drove in a pair.
"Holly looked solid," Fisher said. "She actually had some good defensive plays, too. She kept every leadoff batter out except in one inning. She was shutting them down early, and not letting them get anything going."
Colorado State 10, Pacific 2
The Rams immediately returned to the field, facing Pacific in their second game.
Scoreless through two, CSU’s offense exploded in the third inning with seven runs. Following a double and pair of walks, O’Connor blasted a grand slam – her third of the season. The offense continued, however, with Jaelyn Manzanares scoring Danielle Wikre with a double to right-center. Two batters later, Greckel hit a two RBI triple.
"It's almost like Chelsea gets up, and the bases are loaded for her," Fisher said. "We were shaking our heads in a good way. She swings hard and isn't afraid to be aggressive, but swings the same whether the bases are loaded or not."
Pacific got on the board with one run in the fourth before CSU earned the run back with Wikre tripling and scoring on a Manzanares single. The Rams scored two more with Taylor Hutton and Chelsea Biglow scoring on a seventh-inning throwing error.
In the circle, Larisa Petakoff (4-3) earned her third straight win, allowing six hits while striking out two.
"Larisa looked good, too." Fisher said. "It was a great day for our pitching staff. It's been great to see, because Larisa is just a freshman. She gives 110 percent every time she steps out there."
The Rams will continue play Saturday, facing Saint Mary's (2:30 p.m. MT) and New Mexico State (7 p.m.). Both games can be streamed for free through the Mountain West Network.
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