March 15, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
STOCKTON, Calif. – After Wednesday’s scheduled matchup between CSU and Pacific was postponed due to rain, the teams finally got the chance to face each other at Bill Simoni Field on Thursday. The Rams trailed early, but thanks to a late-inning rally, they walked away with a 6-5 victory.
With the win, CSU’s overall record improved to 11-15 (0-0 Mountain West), while the Tigers dropped to 14-10 (0-0 Big West). The game also marked the only non-tournament matchup CSU was able to play on their current road trip, as rainy weather forced the cancellation of games against UC Davis and Butler on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
“It’s been a good trip for us,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “They continue to bond and get closer as a team when they have things outside their control.”
The Tigers got on the board early, scoring three unearned runs in the first off of CSU starter Kacie McCarthy.
CSU responded in the fourth when sophomore Emily Pohl (1-for-3) hit her second home run of the year, a two-run shot to right field.
“For her to get that one out, I know she really squared it up,” Fisher said. “We needed that to break it open. She’s a tough out at the plate and she swings the bat hard.”
Pacific would add a run in the fifth to give the Tigers a 4-2 edge, but the Rams ultimately pulled off a seventh-inning rally to seal the win. Freshman Shae Rodriguez (2-for-4) got the four-run inning started with a single up the middle to bring in freshman Danielle Wikre from second.
“Once again, she came through really well,” Fisher said. “She continues to really have long at-bats and battle at the plate.”
With Rodriguez on first and senior Lyssa Roberts on second with two outs, sophomore Alysa Greckel stepped up to the plate. Greckel fouled off four straight pitches on a 3-1 count, and on the ninth pitch of the at-bat belted a three-run homer to left field, giving the Rams a 6-4 lead.
“It was an incredible at-bat,” Fisher said. “It was right down the left-field line. We knew we needed to hold them, so that put us up.”
Greckel went 4-for-4 in the game with a single in the first and a lead-off double in the sixth, missing the cycle by a triple.
The Tigers looked to make a comeback in the bottom of the seventh with two outs when sophomore Megan Foglesong walked with the bases loaded to make it 6-5, but McCarthy forced a groundout to end the game and pick up her seventh win of the year. McCarthy pitched her fifth complete game of the season for the Rams, giving up two earned runs and seven hits and striking out two.
“Kacie continues to do good, solid work in the middle of the week,” Fisher said. “She kind of sets the tone. She’s vocal in the circle and doesn’t seem to get too rattled. She does a really nice job staying focused and knowing what she’s supposed to do. The entire staff I feel is really focused. It’s just great to know you have that depth.”
Beginning on Friday, the Rams will wrap up their California road trip with the Capital Classic Softball Tournament. They will first square off against No. 14/15 Louisville at 11 a.m. MT, followed by a matchup with host Sacramento State at 1 p.m. MT.