Softball recap: Rams take second game against MW-rival Broncos
April 21, 2012
By Meredith Danner
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team won its second conference game of the season by taking Game 2 in the three-game series against Boise State, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos moved to second place in the standings with the loss to CSU on Friday.
With the win, the Rams improved to 22-21 on the season and moved back above .500 for the first time since April 11, when they defeated the Northern Colorado Bears, 6-2, in Fort Collins. Boise State, meanwhile, finished the day with a 29-15 record and dropped to 3-2 in Mountain West play.
CSU senior Lyssa Roberts went 1-for-3 at the plate, including a no-out, bases-loaded RBI single up the middle in the second inning to knock in the Rams’ first run.
In the third, the offense capitalized on two of Boise State’s three errors and was able to put up three runs and take the lead. Sophomore Emily Pohl got things going with a two-out single and advanced to second on an error by BSU rightfielder Devon Bridges. Alysa Greckel followed up by reaching on an error by BSU second-baseman Kellie Caplan and advancing to second, allowing Pohl to score unearned.
“Emily’s just really rock-solid for us,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “Typically, you don’t think of your catcher as a great base runner. She’s just so aggressive, her hard slide at the plate really made the difference for us in this game. They bobbled the ball at second and she was coming hard into third, so I took a risk and sent her. She put such a good, hard slide into home, their catcher wasn’t able to hold on.”
Sophomore Chelsea Biglow capped off the inning with her seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot to right that gave the Rams a 4-2 lead. Biglow currently leads the squad in home runs and RBI (37).
Junior transfer Kailey Snyder pitched a complete game for the sixth time this year, giving up two earned runs, walking none and striking out four in the process. At 8-0, Snyder is still the only pitcher on the staff with no losses.
Snyder gave up a two-run home run in the first, giving the Broncos an early 2-0 lead, but Fisher praised her performance throughout the remainder of the game.
“I think she was able to do that (settle down after the two-run home run) because she knew she missed her pitch,” Fisher said. “If she would have put it where she wanted it, I think she was pretty much confident that that wouldn’t have gone out. I think that’s how she settled down. Kailey pitched really well for us, and did what we needed her to do. I’m proud of her.”
The Rams will look to complete the sweep of the Broncos on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT. Admission to all CSU softball games is free of charge.