March 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- After a six-game homestand, the Colorado State softball team hit the road again on Friday, notching a win over Fairfield and a loss to Harvard during the first day of the San Diego Classic II.
The Rams began the tournament by holding Fairfield scoreless in a 2-0 shutout, but were not able to keep their momentum as they dropped the second game to Harvard, 4-3.
"I thought we pitched well all day," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "Offensively we're still not squaring as much off as we'd like to be able to give our pitchers some more support. We'll continue to try to work people in and out and try to figure out the recipe and try to put more runs on the board."
After day one, the Rams hold an even 1-1 record for the start of the weekend and bring their season record to 10-13. The Colorado State softball team will continue tournament play on Saturday with two more games, taking on Massachusetts (10 a.m.) and Miami (Ohio) (5:30 p.m.).
Game 1: Colorado State 2, Fairfield 0
The Rams were able to hold on to their momentum from last week's game against Northern Colorado to take advantage of a shutout against the Stags.
Through the second, both sides kept their defense strong as no runs were scored. However, sophomore Danielle Wikre led off the third inning with a one-run dinger to left field, her fifth of the 2013 season. This would be all for the Rams in the third, leading 1-0.
The Rams' offense wasn't held down for long as they were able to score again in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Emily Pohl led the Rams off with a single to left field, but was replaced with freshman Lauren Snodgrass as a runner. Kailey Snyder walked, advancing Pohl, and junior Chelsea Biglow singled to left to advance both of the runners. Wikre stepped up to the plate once again, hitting a sacrifice fly and advancing Snodgrass for another RBI. This finalized the score, leaving it at 2-0.
Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy dominated in the circle again, earning her second shutout of the season to improve her record to 7-6. McCarthy allowed only two hits while striking out five in a complete game of seven innings.
"Kacie pitched so well and there wasn't a lot of solid contact going on," Fisher continued. "She helped herself with some great defensive plays too. When they were trying to get things going, she was giving bunts and throwing people out."
Game 2: Harvard 4, Colorado State 3
Colorado State was unable to hold off Harvard, taking a loss of 4-3 despite building an early 3-0 lead.
The Rams started their bats early with three runs in the first. It started with a single from Ashlie Ortega who advanced to second on Cassy Mosser's single. Ortega came around to score when Mosser was thrown out on a fielder's choice off the bat of Shae Rodriguez's. Emily Pohl then walked, and Danielle Wikre brought Rodriguez home for her third RBI of the day. Following Wikre's lead, Kendal Butterfield singled up the middle to bring in Pohl. The inning ended when freshman pitcher Holly Reinke lined out to left field, leaving the score at 3-0.
Reinke was able to hold Harvard scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Crimson scored one run on three hits, to narrow their deficit to 3-1.
Harvard added one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, The Crimson scored on a double in the fifth, and added an unearned run in the sixth to tie the game at 3. The game winner came in the seventh, on a two-out single.
Reinke gave up two earned runs and 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work, dropping her record to 3-4.
"Holly pitched a good game, we just need her to get with it and stay in there," Fisher said. "She's been there many times, we also need to play good defense behind her."
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