April 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Colorado State softball team finished its three-game series against UNLV on Sunday, beating the Rebels, 10-4, to win the three-game set in Las Vegas. With the win, the Rams have won nine of their last 10 games, and sit at 24-10 (5-4 MW) on the season.
"We were focused and I couldn’t believe how patient we were at the plate," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "We drew so many walks. It was a big positive for our team. Offensively we ran the bases really well and with aggression. It worked out in our favor every time."
Just like the first two games of the series, the Rams took an early lead in the first inning. Freshman Haley Huttton and junior Shae Rodriguez earned consecutive walks before scoring on an Ashlie Ortega single. With two on the board, the Green and Gold led 2-1 after one inning of play.
A series of walks and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for the Rams in the second inning. Seniors Chelsea O'Connor and Chelsea Biglow and junior Danielle Wikre rattled off three consecutive singles to expand the Rams' lead to 6-1.
The momentum didn't stop there, though. Three Rams crossed home plate in the third. With the bases loaded once again, senior Kendal Butterfield reached on a fielder's choice to score pinch runner Taryn Arcarese, who was running for Alysa Greckel. O'Connor brought home Butterfield and Taylor Hutton with a single.
The offensive streak would switch dugouts as the Rams were held in check in the fourth and the fifth, while UNLV posted three runs. Just as the game was settling down, CSU added one more run to its lead, coming in dramatic fashion. Butterfield used her speed to steal home for a grand finish.
Sophomore pitcher Holly Reinke (13-5) stayed strong in the circle, pitching a complete game while striking out five.
"Holly is so focused and determined, and she is really doing a great job," Fisher said. "She has fun playing the game and loves pitching. I’m proud of her because UNLV has some very good hitters."
The Rams will begin a six-game homestand on Thursday, hosting Mountain West foes Nevada and New Mexico. First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT. All games are free to the public. CSU has won seven straight games at home, and is 9-2 on the season at Ram Field.
"We’re excited to be back home for the next two series," Fisher said. "It was good to get two wins on the road because teams are having a hard time winning while away. I thought getting these games was a huge momentum builder and we want to carry that into this next weekend."
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