March 28, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team tallied its sixth shutout of the season on Thursday, blanking Mountain West opponent UNLV, 2-0, for the Rams’ third straight shutout win at home. With the victory, the Rams improve to 15-14.
The Rams started off strong in the bottom of the first when Cassy Mosser initiated the rally by earning a walk with two outs. Danielle Wikre stepped up to the plate, and reached on a hit by pitch that would bring Emily Pohl up to bat. Phol, recorded the first hit of the inning, a single to right field that brought Mosser home. Alysa Greckel followed her lead, hitting a single to right field that would bring Wikre around to give the Rams a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish.
“We just have to have a plan and to stick to it,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “We actually had a plan and I felt like we executed it pretty well. To get the two runs in the first inning, that’s how we talked our team through. We were able to get some runners on and get a key single. With a tough pitcher like that, that’s how you’re going to get your runs.”
Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy took the circle again to earn her fifth complete-game shutout of the season, boosting her record to 12-6. McCarthy allowed just two hits while striking out three. She assured the win with groundouts and strikes through the game, retiring the Rebels in order in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
“Kacie has a really great mentality as a senior leader for us,” Fisher said. “What I’m so impressed with is her ability to be a fun-loving kid, but she is able to flip the switch. She flips the switch on when she’s at practice, when she steps in the circle, and even when she puts her cleats on. She’s done a great job, keeping it simple and providing the mentality that we need (in the circle).”
The infield got the most of the action, with junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow making on target throws to first that were close calls and helped keep the Rams hold off the Rebels offense.
“I was very happy with our defense today,” Fisher continued. “They played very well behind Kacie and she fielded her position extremely well. We’ve known for quite some time that our defense needs to be solid and against a tough pitcher like (UNLV junior pitcher) Amanda Oliveto, you’re not going to get a lot of run support.”
The Rams continue Mountain West play with Game 2 of the series against UNLV on Friday at 4 p.m. MT at Ram Field. The final game of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. MT. Admission and parking is free.