April 6, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Despite a strong pitching performance from senior hurler Kacie McCarthy, and an exceptional defensive effort throughout the game, the Colorado State softball team dropped a 3-1 decision at No. 9-ranked Texas A&M in walk-off fashion on Saturday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.
“We’re fighting,” said CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher. “That’s why we came down here, to let our ladies see what we need to do to make that jump to a top-25 program.”
The Rams (17-16), who had their six-game win streak snapped in Game 1 of the series on Friday, found themselves locked in a defensive struggle with the Aggies (30-7) on Saturday. McCarthy, once again, was dominant in the circle, holding the home team to just two hits through the first six innings of a complete-game effort, including a solo home run in the bottom of the second that gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
But the advantage was short-lived for the A&M, as CSU’s Cassy Mosser continued her hot streak at the plate. The junior second baseman connected on a two-out double to left field in the top of the third, bringing around junior shortstop Ashlie Ortega to tie the game, 1-1.
That was all the offense the Rams would muster. The team recorded five hits, but stranded six base runners in the contest, failing to take advantage of mistakes by the Aggies’ pitching staff.
“We just need to be more patient at the plate,” added Fisher. “It’s good for us to see this kind of pitching. When the ball is on the plate, we’ve got to make them pay.”
The Aggies did come through when they needed it most, as junior second baseman Jenna Stark connected on the McCarthy pitch with one out in the seventh to tally just the Aggies’ fourth hit, but their second home run. The shot scored two, and handed the Aggies the 3-1 victory.
“Kacie was really sharp today,” said Fisher. “She threw the pitch we wanted, in the spot we wanted, so that was a coaching decision. Kacie pitched a great game.”
McCarthy allowed just three earned runs on four hits in her 6.1 innings of work, while striking out three batters. With the loss, she falls to 13-7 on the season. A&M’s senior pitcher Mel Dumezich (21-5) earned the victory, pitching just 1.0 inning in relief of sophomore starter Lauren Ainsley.
The Rams and the Aggies will play the series finale tomorrow. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. MT.