Softball recap: CSU routs UC Riverside, 10-2
March 24, 2012
By Meredith Danner
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - On the opening day of the 2012 season, the Rams outscored UTSA, 10-2, in five innings to force the NCAA mercy rule, which ends the game when a team outscores its opponent by eight or more runs after five innings. On Sunday at the UC Riverside Tournament, CSU cranked up the offense against the host Highlanders to notch an identical 10-2 victory, this time in six innings, at Amy S. Harrison Field.
With the win, the Rams improved to 15-17 (0-0 Mountain West) and continued to close in on a .500 record by extending their current winning streak to three games. The Highlanders dropped to 12-15 overall (0-0 Big West) with the loss.
After scoring four total runs in two games on Friday, CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher had noted that she would like to see more offensive output from the team, and the players responded with their highest single-game run total since March 3, when they scored 16 against Northern Iowa.
"I think they really did lock in," Fisher said. "They tried to have the same approach and tried to be smarter in their preparation. They continue to learn and understand the game better and better. We made some great defensive plays and we had another outstanding performance from Kacie [McCarthy]. They can win in a lot of different ways."
Leading, 1-0, the Rams loaded the bases in the third inning to bring sophomore Chelsea Biglow to the plate. Biglow, who had not recorded a hit since March 11, added to CSU's lead with a grand slam to left field. The homer marked Biglow's first since March 3, which was also a grand slam.
The home runs kept coming in fourth with a solo homer from sophomore Cassy Mosser, her third of the season.
Also contributing to the offensive outburst were freshman Shae Rodriguez, who smacked an RBI single in the sixth to score Mosser, and sophomore Emily Pohl, who added the Rams' final three runs with a homer to left, her fourth of the year and the team's third of the game. The home run marked Pohl's second in as many days, as she hit a solo jack to represent CSU's only run in a 1-0 win over Brown on Friday.
CSU junior Kacie McCarthy tossed her fourth consecutive complete game, this time giving up two runs, both unearned, and striking out five to become the pitching staff's first 10-game winner. McCarthy lowered her ERA from 3.26 to 3.02 with the win.
On Sunday, the final day of the tournament will feature some slight changes to the schedule, as rain is expected to affect the Riverside area. CSU's game against Brown will begin at 12 p.m. MT, two hours later than originally scheduled. As a result, the Rams' scheduled matchup with UC Riverside is also pushed back two hours and is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. MT, weather permitting.