March 29, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State was again victorious on Saturday, defeating Boise State, 10-6, during the second game of the series.
The Broncos (17-15, 2-3 MW) out-hit the Rams, 12-11, but left 12 runners on base, and weren’t able to keep up with CSU’s strong offense and spot-on defense.
"It was a great win all around," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "Losing last weekend put us behind, but we're getting back on track. It was a beautiful day, and it was great to play in front of our home crowd."
Boise State took an early led in the second inning with a two-run home run by Sarah Barnes. The Broncos added a third run in the inning, making it 3-0 early. The Rams (17-9, 2-3 MW) responded, however, scoring two off of a wild pitch and error in the bottom half of the inning.
Boise State wasn’t fazed, as the Broncos scored twice more in the top of the third.
Trailing 5-2, the Rams took their first lead in the bottom half of the third, scoring four times. Sophomore Jaelyn Manzanares doubled to left field to bring in seniors Alysa Greckel and Chelsea O’Connor. Haley Hutton then scored Kendal Butterfield, who singled, and Ashlie Ortega forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
"I think we did a good job of being patient," Fisher said. "The ladies have been working so hard driving the pitches, and we spread the ball all around; we hit it opposite and pulled it down the line. They’ve made good adjustments and have been really focused in pregame and practice."
Once again, Boise State responded, tying the game with a run in the fourth. Relief pitcher Larisa Petakoff got the final out, though, stranding two Broncos runners.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rams blew the game open, scoring two runs on an Ortega double and a third on a Danielle Wikre RBI triple. CSU added on one more when Chelsea Biglow scored in the sixth on a Hutton single.
"I was proud of Hayley," Fisher said. "She’s been working hard and spending extra time in practice. To see her get three hits and a couple of RBI makes me proud of her."
Hutton finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and a run scored. Manzanares also drove in two runs, going 2-for-3. Ortega finished the game with three RBI.
In the circle, Petakoff (6-4) threw four and two-thirds innings, striking out three and allowing just one earned run and zero walks. Molly Randle started the game for the Rams, pitching two and one-third.
"One thing we talked about is that we’re a staff," Fisher said. "Larissa isn’t as effective if Molly doesn’t come in there and eat up a couple of innings. Larisa and Holly look alike, but Molly mixes them up. Molly had an unfortunate miscue that led to two runs instead of one, and I thought she kept her composure really well. Larisa got tougher and tougher as the game wore on. That’s what she is capable of."
The Rams will look for the series sweep Sunday, facing Boise State at 1 p.m. MT. The game is free to the public, and can also be streamed through the Mountain West Network.
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