April 22, 2012
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team took the first two games against Mountain West-rival Boise State over the weekend, but on Sunday they lost the chance to complete the sweep and fell to the Broncos, 11-7, at Ram Field.
The Rams finished the day with a 22-22 overall record and a 2-4 record in conference action. By winning the first two matchups, CSU also won the season series against the Broncos. Boise State picked up its 30th victory of the year (30-15 overall) and improved its MW record to 4-2.
Despite the loss in the final game, CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher was pleased with the way the team rebounded from a sweep at the hands of San Diego State last weekend to take two of three from Boise State.
“It’s really important for us to know that we can win,” Fisher said. “The work ethic was there, the preparation was there. We just couldn’t quite execute and get it done in San Diego, but we were so close in all three games. I was really proud of the way they bounced back. They came back hard this week and really put together a good week of practice. It seems to me like we keep getting better, and that’s really the most important thing to us as coaches.”
CSU hit four home runs in the game, matching a single-game high set on March 3 in Fort Collins against Saint Mary’s. Sophomore Emily Pohl (2-for-2) was responsible for two of the four homers, including a solo shot to lead off the second inning and give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Pohl hit another solo home run in the fourth and walked twice, increasing her season walk total to a team-high 36.
Senior Lyssa Roberts (2-for-3) also contributed to the home run effort with a two-run homer in the fourth. Roberts went 5-for-9 in the series with BSU, including five RBI and the team’s eighth triple of the season, which she hit in the second inning on Sunday.
CSU’s home run-leader, sophomore Chelsea Biglow
, extended her season total to eight with a solo jack to left-center field to lead off the sixth. Biglow also came around from first on the Roberts home run.
CSU junior Kacie McCarthy and Boise State senior Aubray Zell, who were named MW Co-Pitchers of the Week on March 27, went head-to-head in a rematch of Friday’s game, in which McCarthy picked up her 13th win. Zell gave up four earned runs and struck out five CSU batters in four innings of work to get the win in the series finale.
“I think to knock out their ace two times (in the series) was huge for us and I’m very proud of the way we’re swinging the bat,” Fisher said.
The Rams led, 4-2, going into the top of the fifth, but the Broncos answered back with five runs off of McCarthy, including a bases-clearing double from BSU’s Holly Bourke. McCarthy gave up six total earned runs and received her eighth losing decision of the year.
Junior Kailey Snyder and senior Kelli Eubanks pitched a combined 2.2 innings of relief. The Broncos scored four additional runs in the sixth, all of which were charged to Snyder.
Facing an 11-6 deficit, the Rams scored their final run in the seventh with a two-out double from sophomore Alysa Greckel (2-for-4) that scored pinch runner Molly Randle from first. Biglow then worked through a 12-pitch at-bat in which she fouled off six pitches total, but ultimately grounded out to end the game.
On Friday, the Rams will continue MW play when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV. The Rebels were swept by Boise State last weekend, extending their current losing streak to five games, and are 19-21 overall (0-3 MW). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.
“We talked about all the positives and all the good things that we did (after Sunday’s game), and they’re already ready to get back after it,” Fisher said.