April 22, 2014
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Riding a 10-game home winning streak, the Colorado State softball team extended the streak to 11 Tuesday afternoon, beating New Mexico, 6-0, before falling to the Lobos (14-30, 5-12 MW) in the second game of the series, 6-3.
The 11-game home winning streak was the third-longest in program history. CSU (28-11, 9-5 MW) has won 13 of its last 15 games overall, and remains tied for first place in the Mountain West standings.
“Every game is important, so it was disappointing to lose the second game,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “There’s nothing we can do about it now, though; we just have to get better for tomorrow. We still have a lot of softball to play.”
Game 1: Colorado State 6, New Mexico 0
The Lobos were never able to decipher pitcher Holly Reinke. The sophomore threw her third shutout of the season, striking out five batters and allowing just seven to reach base. Reinke is now 16-5 on the season and ranks second in the MW with a 1.84 ERA.
“Holly, again, did a great job,” Fisher said. “She kept the ball down and pitched a great game.”
The Rams jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first. Following a leadoff walk by freshman Haley Hutton, junior outfielder Shae Rodriguez pounded her third home run of the season.
CSU made it 3-0 in the third when Kendal Butterfield – who doubled – scored on Chelsea O’Connor’s single up the middle. The game’s final three runs were scored an inning later, with six consecutive CSU batters reaching base in the inning.
Rodriguez went 2-for 3 in the game, also reaching base on a walk. O’Connor added to her RBI-per-game average with two in the win. The senior ranks third in the nation in that category. Sophomore Jaelyn Manzanares and Hutton had one RBI apiece, while Butterfield scored twice and stole a base.
Game 2: New Mexico 6, Colorado State 3
The Rams were in position to beat the Lobos in the second game of the series, leading 2-0 early. New Mexico, however, rallied for six runs over the final four innings to win, 6-3.
“I’m not disappointed in our fight,” Fisher said. “We wanted it; we just didn’t have the results.”
Senior Ashlie Ortega had two hits and scored two runs. She also drove in the game’s first run.
Designated player Danielle Wikre led off the second with a single and was pinch ran for by Taryn Arcarese, who stole second. Two batters later, Ortega started a two-out rally, scoring Arcarese on a single to center. Kendal Butterfield then drove in Ortega to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
New Mexico would tie the game in the fourth and take the lead in the fifth. With two outs, the Lobos recorded back-to-back hits, the second a two-run double.
CSU would have several chances over the final four frames, but couldn’t convert base runners into runs. In the loss, the Rams left 10 runners on base.
“We had opportunities, we just didn’t score,” Fisher said. “We need to be better at producing runs, but we also had a lot of loud outs. We were a few inches from some hits going our way.”
CSU had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but New Mexico shut the door.
Molly Randle pitched four and two-thirds innings but took the loss, allowing a pair of runs in the fifth before being relieved by Larisa Petakoff.
CSU and New Mexico close the series Wednesday at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
“These girls are ready to get back to work right now,” Fisher said. “They’ll be ready to make adjustments for tomorrow.”
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