May 4, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State softball team moved into a tie with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings after notching a 3-0 win over the Aztecs on Saturday afternoon at Ram Field. The win, the first of a three-game series with SDSU that concludes with a Sunday double header, the Green and Gold posted their eighth shutout of the season and their sixth straight win at home.
“It was a great momentum builder for us and a boost to come out strong in the first game,” Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy said. “We proved to them that we’re here to battle for first in conference every game. It’s going to be battle tomorrow, but we’re going to go out and keep doing the things that we did today.”
McCarthy, who improved to 17-10 on the season, dominated in the circle and earned the win, allowing just four hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings of work.
“(Kacie) played great defense, she helps herself a lot that way,” Fisher said. “They have a lot of short game and fast kids, which can be dangerous for a pitcher that doesn’t field her position in softball; you have to be as good as the third baseman. Kacie did a great job with that and I really felt that she was working quick and attack the zone. She kept them guessing.”
The Rams were able to back their defensive efforts and McCarthy with two runs in the bottom of the second. Alysa Greckel singled to left field and was brought in on a Danielle Wikre home run to center field to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
“I’m very proud of Wikre, she’s a stud,” added Fisher. “She’s been mentally tough and solid for us all year. She got back in there and wore a pitch, I’m just really happy for her. It was a momentum boost for us.”
Colorado State added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 3-0 lead when junior Chelsea Biglow
hit a double to left-centerfield gap to plate Ashlie Ortega
, who scored from first after singling with one out.
The win also snapped a six-game skid for the Rams against the Aztecs, the reigning Mountain West champions.
The Rams continue the series against the Aztecs tomorrow with a double header. The first game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. MT. Prior to the start of Sunday’s first game, the Rams will host their annual “Senior Day” celebration to recognize the careers of seniors McCarthy and Kailey Snyder.