May 3, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. – Fort the second straight game, the Colorado State softball team took an early lead over Fresno State. However, the Bulldogs mounted a comeback, and once again, scored late to earn a 7-2 victory over the Rams Saturday afternoon.
The loss extends Fresno State’s (30-18, 14-6 MW) lead in the Mountain West standings, and puts the Rams (30-15, 11-9 MW) three games back, in fourth place.
“We did a better job, overall, but Fresno State’s hitters got big hits when they needed them,” Head Coach Jen Fisher said.
Following a solo home run by Fresno State’s Stesha Brazil in the second inning, CSU mounted two runs in the top of the third to take the lead.
With a runner on first, junior Shae Rodriguez hit a home run to right field, putting the score at 2-1.
It would stay that way for another inning, until the Bulldogs jumped back in front with two runs. The first came on Brazil’s second round-tripper of the game.
Trailing just 3-2, CSU had a chance to tie the game or take the lead in the top of the sixth. Facing a new pitcher – Friday’s winner Jill Compton – CSU loaded the bases with a walk, single and hit by pitch. The Rockies couldn’t punch in a run, though, leaving three on base.
Fresno State made the Rams pay in the bottom of the inning, extending its lead to 7-2 with a grand slam by Michelle Solomon.
Freshman Larisa Petakoff threw three and one-third innings, allowing two earned runs. She left the game in the fourth with the score tied 2-2. Sophomore Holly Reinke took the loss, pitching the final two and two-thirds innings.
“We wanted to give them a different look, so we started Larisa,” Fisher said. “We wanted to get a few innings of a different look, and then we were hoping to get Holly in to hold things down. We were hoping to get more runs on the board off of (Hannah) Harris, because we figured they would do the same thing by starting Harris and then bringing Compton in to finish the game.”
Senior Chelsea Biglow went 3-for-3 for the Rams. Haley Hutton, Danielle Wikre and Rodriguez also had hits for CSU.
“Chelsea had a good game, and Shae’s home run was a big lift, because it gave us the lead,” Fisher said. “She stepped up.”
The Rams and Bulldogs will close the series Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. The game can be streamed for free through the Mountain West Network.
“If we win tomorrow and sweep San Jose State, we can still be in a good position,” Fisher said. “It’s weird to see how close everyone is after today’s games. We need to stay focused and keep making adjustments. It’ll be good.”
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