March 30, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team notched its sixth straight win on Saturday afternoon, posting a 15-7 victory over UNLV at Ram Field to complete the season sweep of the Rebels in the first weekend of Mountain West play. The win also marked the sixth straight for the Rams (17-14, 3-0 MW) in the series with UNLV (14-21, 0-3), dating back to last season.
Coming of an 18-10 win in Game 2 of the series on Friday afternoon, the Rams’ offense proved too potent for the Rebels once again, as CSU scored 15 runs on nine hits, tallying scores in every frame before ending the game in five innings on a walk-off hit by Molly Randle, who was inserted into the lineup as a reserve outfielder fourth inning.
Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy started for the Rams and pitched the complete game, to collect the win. McCarthy gave up seven runs (six earned), while allowing no walks and striking out two batters to improve to 13-6 on the season.
“The thing about Kacie is she does her job and she probably missed one or two of her spots,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “They strung together a few hits, but she was fine in the handle. The great thing about Kacie is that she’s not outcome oriented, she’s process oriented so when she knows that she put the pitch in the right place, she picks her defense up. The defense doesn’t pick her up, she picks the defense up. That’s the great thing about her and I think that’s why she continues to be so successful because of that attitude.”
Four Rams tallied multiple-hit games, led by junior second baseman Cassy Mosser (2-2), sophomore right fielder Molly Randle (2-2) sophomore centerfielder Shae Rodriguez (2-2) and junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow (2-3). The four players combined to drive in 12 runs in the contest, led by four from Biglow. Randle and Mosser each tallied three RBIs, and Rodriguez drove in a pair.
Colorado State never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, on a sacrifice fly by Alysa Greckel to score Ashlie Ortega from third base.
The Rams really put their game into motion in the bottom of the second, answering a UNLV run with four of their own, aided by a pair of UNLV errors, to stake to a 5-1 lead.
“We managed to be so disciplined, I was proud that we had a plan and that we stuck with it and battled with two strikes on us,” Fisher said. “We didn’t give in and that’s the game within the game that we’re really trying to help our hitters learn. I thought we did a great job with that, we drew the walks, we wore the pitches, and we came up with big hits. Offensively we stuck with our plan.”
The bottom of the third had its action as well, centering on Biglow’s three-run blast to left field that extended the Rams’ lead to 8-1.
Following a Rebels’ four-run rally in the top of the fourth brought the score to 8-5, the Rams maintained control of the game with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the stanza.
Cassy Mosser jump started the CSU fourth with a two-run home run over the left field wall that brought in Rodriguez after a leadoff walk. Randle then came through for the Rams, tripling to left center in her first at bat of the game, to bring in Emily Pohl and Danielle Wikre.
The Rebels threatened again with a pair of Runs in the top of the fifth, but it was not enough to keep the Rams from ending the game in the bottom of the frame, with a three-run rally once again keyed by Randle.
Mosser singled to left field to drive in Ortega who tallied a leadoff walk to open the inning. After a pitching change by UNLV, to bring in freshman hurler Francesca Foti, Chelsea Biglow drew a bases loaded walk to score Mosser and give the Rams’ a 14-7 advantage. That’s when Randle came through with the game-winning hit - officially a single to right center that would have undoubtedly been the sophomore’s second triple of the game had it not resulted in the game-winning RBI - to score Alysa Greckel from third base and end the game by a 15-7 final.
With a 3-0 record to open conference play, the Rams will step out of Mountain West action next week, traveling to College Station, Texas, for a three-game series with the Texas A&M Aggies. The first game of the series against is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. MT. The Rams and Aggies will also meet Saturday (3 p.m. MT) and Sunday (11 a.m. MT).
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