March 27, 2007
The Colorado State softball team (21-16) dropped both games of a doubleheader with the Creighton Bluejays on Tuesday afternoon in Omaha, Neb. Colorado State's offense was held to just five total hits in the two contests, as the Rams fell 8-0 in six innings in game one and 3-0 in game two.
"We competed and played hard, but we just came up short a the plate," said head coach Mary Yori. "Both pitchers threw very good games for Creighton."
In game one, the Rams gave up two runs to the Bluejays in the bottom of the second inning and the game remained 2-0 until the sixth inning when freshman pitcher Rebecca Penland came on in relief on junior starter Kim Klabough, who falls to 7-6 on the season with the loss. Creighton jumped on the Rams to the tune of six runs in that sixth inning to end the game, 8-0.
Klabough allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out two batters in five innings of work. Penland allowed four runs on four hits while pitching just 0.2 innings.
Junior Lauren Cusick broke up a no-hitter by Creighton's Tara Oltman in the top of the sixth inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Oltman struck out seven batters and allowed just one walk.
In game two, Creighton's Amanda Hess spread out four Ram hits, while the Bluejays offense tallied three runs - two in the second and one in the third - on five hits to capture the 3-0 victory.
Cusick, senior Jessica Strickland, freshman Allison Majam and junior Julia Kloppe each finished 1-for-3 from the plate in the contest, but the Rams were unable to plate any runs.
Junior Cayte Billman (3-3), a native of Papillion, Neb. and transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, started for the Rams and allowed three runs - one earned - on two hits while striking out one and walking three batters in three innings. Strickland pitched three innings in relief, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out two batters.
Next up, the Rams will look to bounce back when they travel to Lincoln to face the University of Nebraska in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. Game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT from Bowlin Stadium.