Softball recap: CSU defeats conference-leader Boise State
April 20, 2012
By Meredith Danner
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team handed Boise State its first conference loss as a member of the Mountain West on Friday, outlasting the Broncos, 5-3, at Ram Field. The game also marked CSU’s seventh win at home.
CSU reached .500 for the first time since losing three straight to San Diego State last weekend with the win, evening its overall record to 21-21. The win also marked the Rams’ first conference victory since May 6, 2011, when they edged Utah, 15-14, in Fort Collins for their only MW win of the year. BSU dropped to 29-14 on the season and is now 3-1 in conference play.
“Last weekend we played really well, and we knew we were right in every game, so I don’t think it was surprising for us to play well,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “I think they all were excited and thrilled to come out here and get the win, because we’ve been working hard and preparing well, so it was a great win for us and our program.”
CSU junior Kacie McCarthy and Boise State senior Aubray Zell were named Mountain West Co-Pitchers of the Week on March 27, and on Friday both got the start and went head-to-head for the first time. Zell held the Rams to three hits through the first two innings, but the CSU offense broke it open in the third, putting up all five of its runs in that frame.
Sophomore Cassy Mosser (1-for-2) knocked in the first run with a single to center with two runners on, followed immediately by a two-RBI double from senior Lyssa Roberts (2-for-3). Freshman Taylor Hutton and sophomore Ashlie Ortega each collected RBI hits in the inning to cap off the five-run frame and bring in BSU junior Lela Work to replace Zell. Ortega went 3-for-4 at the plate, extending her current hitting streak to nine games.
McCarthy tossed her 13th complete game of the season and had a one-hitter going through four innings en route to her 13th victory of 2012. BSU collected three hits in the fifth to knock in three runs, but McCarthy allowed just one hit through the final two innings to shut the door on the Broncos and preserve the CSU lead.
“Kacie pitched really well,” Fisher said. “She forced some not-so-good contact, which we like to see. The couple hits that they had, she did a nice job of staying calm and collected while pitching with the lead, and she did what she had to do by continuing to attack the zone. She lost her control a little bit there in the fifth inning, but she was able to come back strong, and I’m very proud of her for that.”
The Rams will look to add one to the conference win column on Saturday as they take on the Broncos in the second of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT. Admission to all CSU softball games is free of charge.