May 6, 2011
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Rams fell behind, built a lead, lost it and finally won it back on Friday, defeating conference rival Utah, 15-14, in walkoff fashion at Ram Field.
With the win, the Rams improve to 8-39 (1-10 MWC) and notch their first game in the win column since March 26, when they defeated Northern Colorado, 9-5. The victory also ends a season-long 12-game losing streak that began on April 8. The Utes drop to 28-20 (6-3 MWC) with the loss.
“The defense just really played well,” CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. “The other thing that really stood out was everybody in the lineup contributing offensively.”
The Utes got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first inning. Senior Brittany Parker hit the first of five Utah home runs with a three-run shot to center field.
CSU answered in the bottom of the second with six runs. Senior Ivory Allen got things started with a two-run single, and freshman Morghan Doughty followed with another two-run single. Junior Lyssa Roberts capped the inning with a two-run homer, her fourth of the year.
“That early offense that we had, and Lyssa was a big part of that, that really lets the team know that “we can hit this girl, we can hit this girl,” so I think that provided a lift for the rest of the offense.”
Freshman Cassandra Mosser went 3-for-4 on the day with five RBI, starting with her first home run of the year in the second to extend the Rams’ lead to three runs, 8-4.
“I’m really proud of her. She’s been really patient. She’s a competitor; she wants to play every day. I’m proud of the patience that she’s shown and real proud of the game she had today for sure.”
The Rams held a 12-10 lead going into the top of the seventh, but after an RBI groundout, a throwing error by Palish allowed the tying run to score from third. Utah senior Brooke Olson then hit a two-run home run to regain a 14-12 lead for the Utes.
CSU threatened to make a comeback early in the inning, loading the bases with nobody out. Sophomore Brianna Donahue later hit a two-run single to drive in the tying run with one out.
After Mosser was intentionally walked to load the bases, Allen came to the plate and hit a walkoff single to third base to bring in the winning run.
Sophomore Kelsey Jo O’Brien started in the circle for the Rams and gave up eight earned runs over five innings. Freshman Desiree Laswell pitched the final two innings and allowed the Utes’ tying run, but received the win and improves to 2-7 on the year.
“I think Kelsey really battled. She just kept getting back out there and gave us everything she could. That was a good game for her.”
The Rams will take on Utah again on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. MT. Saturday will be Senior Day for the team, as it honors seniors Caitlan Stem and Allen in their final home game of the season. Admission to all CSU softball games is free of charge.
“We tried to talk to [the players] about keeping their composure, and if we play our best ball, we can win. We can,” Fisher said. “For us to beat a solid team like Utah, I just want our kids to build from that and know that we can get there.“
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