April 27, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -- The Colorado State softball team lost its second straight game, falling 5-2 at Boise State in the second contest of a three-game series at BSU’s Dona Larsen Park. The loss drops the Rams to 20-22 overall and 6-5 in Mountain West play.
The Rams and the Broncos battled to a scoreless tie once again until the bottom of the third inning when Boise State notched five runs.
Freshman pitcher Holly Reinke (5-5) started for the Green and Gold, giving up a home run, a single, and a fielder's choice before being relieved by sophomore pitcher, Molly Randle. Before the inning was done, the Broncos’ rally produced four more runs, aided by a pair of throwing errors by the Rams to stake to a 5-0 advantage.
"Molly was very level headed and had to find the zone," Head Coach Jen Fisher said of Randle's relief effort in the third inning. "She was hitting her spots well. We thought she was doing her job, she gave up an infield single, there was an error behind her, and she gave up a walk, but we feel like she did what we asked her to. It was great to see her hold them scoreless the rest of the game. We're very proud of her performance."
In the top of the fourth, the Rams got on the board with two runs. Junior Cassy Mosser sparked the rally with a one-out singled to the shortstop, followed by sophomore Shae Rodriguez’s single to right field. With Mosser in scoring position, Chelsea Biglow doubled to left center to plate Mosser, followed by an RBI groundout to the shortstop by junior catcher Emily Pohl that drove in Rodriguez. This would be all the offense the Rams could muster.
"Chelsea Biglow is doing a great job for us at the plate,” said Fisher. “We're trying to emulate her approach because she's carrying us. Everybody is working hard to try to contribute more. Chelsea has great attitude."
"We hit the ball in play better today," Fisher continued. "We had three strikeouts, which is better than yesterday. There was a definite improvement there and we keep running into solid pitching. I think everyone has some depth around the conference; we have to switch gears especially when you start to time someone and they bring in someone else. Our ladies have to learn how to handle that."
Reinke was given the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits in two-plus innings of work. Randle pitched for the final four innings, allowing four hits and two runs, while walking six and striking out one.
"We just felt like they were squaring (Holly) up," Fisher added. "They were hitting pretty hard and Holly throws hard enough where if you touch it, it has some velocity on it. When something like that happens, they know as the (pitching) staff to pass the baton to the next person and they respect each other. Holly was frustrated and disappointed because she was a competitor; she was 100% behind Molly."
The Rams continue play against the Boise State tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT for the series finale. Gametracker live scoring (free), as well as streaking audio (free) and video (subscription) are available at BroncoSports.com.
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