April 13, 2013
RENO, Nevada -- The Colorado State softball team dropped its first Mountain West game of the season on Saturday, falling 4-3 in eight innings at Nevada. The loss dropped the Rams’ overall record to an even 18-18, and moved the team to 4-1 in league play, snapping CSU’s 10-game conference win streak.
Working against the Wolf Pack's ace, Karlyn Jones (14-8), the Rams jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Emily Pohl singled to bring in Ashlie Ortega and give the Rams an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
"We hit a lot of deep fly balls, so overall I thought we did well," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "We worked deep into the count and jumped on pitches that were right there. We had seven outs that we would call loud outs and deep balls that were right at people. I felt like we did a pretty good job to have nine hits and a couple walks off of a kid like that. We were doing things well."
Senior pitcher Kailey Snyder got the start for the Rams, pitching 3.1 innings before giving way to classmate Kacie McCarthy, but the Pack was able to tie the game, 1-1.
"(Snyder) did her job and we felt like they were starting to time her," Fisher said."She gave up a double and a walk, and we felt like we didn’t want to leave Kacie on the bench with having almost no hits the day before. She had held them scoreless and they had started to time her, so we felt like Kacie could come in and get some quick outs."
In the top of the fifth, the Rams were able to pull ahead when Chelsea Biglow singled to the pitcher. Molly Randle replaced Biglow on the bases as a pinch runner, advanced on a single by Taylor Hutton, and was brought in on a single by Ortega. The 2-1 lead wouldn't last for long as Nevada's second baseman, Karley Hopkins homered to centerfield to tie the score at 2-2.
Jones kept the Rams at two runs in the top of the sixth before the Wolf Pack would score again in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.
CSU answered with a Kendal Butterfield solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh, tying the game at 3-3 and sending the Rams and Wolf Pack into extra innings, but the Wolf Pack rallied with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to capture the 4-3 victory.
McCarthy (14-8) was tagged with the loss after 4.1 innings of work, allowing seven hits, three walks, two earned runs, and striking out four.
"(Kacie) did well, she struck out the first (player) looking and we had a passed ball and they scored in the inning on us," Fisher continued. "She only gave up one run hard hit when the hit was a little Texas leaguer hit off the handle in the seventh. Sometimes the balls have eyes and sometimes that's how the game goes. She was doing her job."
The Rams will face Nevada again Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. MT for the series finale.