Senior OF Chelsea O'Connor
April 5, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State softball team ran its win streak to six straight, and improved to 21-9 overall on the season with a Saturday sweep of a double header against the UTEP Miners at Ram Field.
CSU returns to the diamond Sunday, for the series finale vs. UTEP. First pitch for Game 3 between the Rams and the Miners is set for 12 noon.
Game 1: Colorado State 14, UTEP 0
The Rams scored early and often throughout the day, but it was a five-run first inning to start Game 1 that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon, as the Rams opened the three-game series with a convincing 14-0 win in five innings.
"We've just been working really hard on driving stuff up the middle, so that first inning of the first game it was so great to get a lead," said head coach Jen Fisher. "As much as we need to be able to win the close games, it helps Holly and Molly when they have a lead. They can be a little more aggressive, and take more risks. So, I was really happy with the way the offense jumped on the board, and then we were able to get a couple of other people some opportunities which is really nice."
Chelsea O'Connor and Danielle Wikre each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Game 1, including back-to-back home runs in CSU's four-run second inning. O'Connor's blast to left field accounted for three of her four RBIs on the afternoon, while Wikre, who drove in two in the game, followed with a solo shot to center.
Leadoff hitter Haley Hutton reached safely in all three plate appearances, drawing two walks and notching a double to left in the third. She crossed the plate three times in the contest, the last on Shae Rodriguez's two-RBI double in the third. Rodriguez drove in three in the contest, while also notching two runs and a walk.
Holly Reinke improved to 11-4 this season with a complete-game effort in the circle. She allowed just one Miners hit, and gave up one walk, while fanning one batter and letting her defense work behind her in 5.0 innings of work.
Game 2: Colorado State 7, UTEP 2
In the second game of Saturday's double header, it was more of the same from the Rams' offense, as four different players recorded multiple hits in the contest, and CSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead to cruise to the 7-2 victory.
Haley Hutton, once again, set the table for the Rams throughout the contest. She opened the game with a leadoff walk, one of her three free passes in Game 2, and scored on a one-out double to left center by Chelsea O'Connor. After going 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI in Game 1, O'Connor continued her tear from the plate with another 2-for-4 performance in Game 2. She added two more runs and one more RBI in the second game.
Danielle Wikre and Chelsea Biglow also went 2-for-4 at the plate in Game 2. Wikre added two RBIs, plating O'Connor in the first and Haley David in the sixth. Biglow's RBI double down the right field line in the third drove in O'Connor, and she scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Alysa Greckel.
David, who was 1-for-1 from the plate with a run scored after entering Game 1 as a defensive substitution in the fourth, continued her impressive play in Game 2, going 2-for-3 in the second tilt while also reaching on an error. Her bunt single to the pitcher in the sixth inning led to the Rams' final run of the game in a Wikre single up the middle.
"Haley has been working so hard, and she's such a threat, so it was really exciting to see her get on three times in that game," added Fisher.
Molly Randle improved to 4-1 in the circle, allowing just four hits and two runs in 7 innings of work. She walked three batters, and struck out five, including three strikeouts in the top of the seventh to close out the victory.
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