April 19, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team completed its sweep of the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, doing so in walk-off fashion. With the 4-3 win, CSU moved into a first-place tie in the Mountain West standings.
“It feels great to come away with a sweep,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “Every game matters at this point in the season.”
Despite starting conference play 0-3, CSU (27-10, 8-4 MW) has since won eight of its last nine MW games to move to the top of the standings. Overall, the Rams have won 12 of their last 13 contests, including 10 in a row at home.
After Nevada (21-22, 3-12 MW) scored in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead – its first of the series – the Rams responded with two in the bottom half of the inning to win the game.
With one out, junior Haley David started the rally with an infield single. One batter later, the game was tied after senior third baseman Chelsea Biglow drove in David with a triple down the right-field line.
Then, with two outs, Fisher substituted junior Taylor Hutton into the lineup. Hutton hit a comebacker that pitcher McKenna Isenberg couldn’t control, allowing the winning run to score.
“Isenberg did a nice job holding us through a couple innings, but we were able to fight our way back,” Fisher said. “This was an important game for us to win. It will give us some confidence going forward that we can win the scrappy way or by putting a lot of hits and runs up on the board.”
Over the past three series, Hutton is 6-for-15, including hits in five straight games with an at-bat.
“We have a couple of juniors who aren’t typically starters, but they’re doing a tremendous job,” Fisher said. “It’s kind of ironic that it came down to two juniors – Taylor and Haley (David) – in the heat of the moment. I’m really happy for them both, because they’re team players and have been doing a great job all year.”
Sophomore Holly Reinke picked up her 15th win of the season, tossing her 14th shutout. She struck out five, and gave up three earned runs over seven innings of work. On the season, her 15 wins rank fourth in the MW, and her 1.95 ERA is second.
Biglow went 2-for-4, scoring the winning run and driving in a pair. Senior first baseman Alysa Greckel also had two hits, reaching base three times on the day.
CSU took an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Haley Hutton led off the inning with a single, and scored on Biglow’s base hit several batters later. Senior shortstop Ashlie Ortega brought in the second run, doubling to left to bring in designated player Danielle Wikre, who walked.
The Rams are now 13-1 on the season when scoring in the first inning. Nevada pitcher Megan Dortch didn’t make it out of the first frame, allowing five of her seven batters faced to reach base.
Nevada would get one back in the top of the second, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batsman, but both pitchers settled down after that, with neither team scoring again until the sixth.
The Wolf Pack scored once in the sixth to tie the game, and again in the seventh to take the lead, before CSU’s comeback.
The Rams remain at home Tuesday for a double-header against New Mexico. First pitch will be at 2 p.m. The Rams and Lobos will again play Wednesday for the series finale.
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