FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams beat Texas Tech and South Dakota in a stellar first day of action at the Ram Classic on Saturday.
CSU (25-20) run-ruled the Red Raiders (17-33) in six innings, and shutout the Coyotes (22-27) in a perfect doubleheader day.
Texas Tech – 2
Colorado State – 10
CSU’s offense rolled in a 10-2 victory over Texas Tech in the Rams’ first game on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams blew the game open with a four-run rally with two outs in the third inning. With the game tied 1-1, Lauren Buchanan doubled to drive in Madison Kilcrease from third. Then Amber Nelson replaced Buchanan at second and drove her home to put the Rams up 3-1. Then Hannah McCorkhill came up and delivered a home run to left field to give CSU a 5-1 edge going into the fourth inning.
CSU added three more runs in the fifth, scoring on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch, as well as an RBI ground out by Corina Gamboa.
The Rams sealed the win with two more runs in the sixth to take the 10-2 victory. McCorkhill provided a two-RBI single with the bases loaded again to clinch the walk off run rule victory.
Amber Nelson initially gave CSU the lead with a solo homer to center field in the second inning.
Nelson went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and McCorkhill was 3-for-3 with five RBI and a walk as both players reached base in every plate appearance.
Bridgette Hutton pitched all six innings for CSU, allowing one earned run and three hits with four strikeouts.
South Dakota – 0
Colorado State – 6
Larisa Petakoff pitched a complete game shutout as the Rams dominated in a 6-0 win over South Dakota on Saturday.
It was another strong third inning that gave the Rams control of the game. Taryn Arcarese and Madison Kilcrease stood at second and third with two outs, and then scored on a Coyotes error during Hannah McCorkhill’s at bat. Then Lauren Buchanan doubled to drive in McCorkhill, putting the Rams up 4-0.
CSU added two more runs in the next inning, with Hayleigh Evans scoring on an error and Haley Hutton crossing home plate off a single by Kilcrease.
McCorkhill scored to give the Rams a 1-0 lead in the second frame, thanks to an RBI fielder’s choice from Corina Gamboa.
Petakoff allowed only seven baserunners over her complete game shutout.
IN THEIR WORDS…
“I told the team after the game that they deserved that. They’ve worked hard and we’re training and in good shape. They’ve made a lot of sacrifices for this team. On paper, our conference record may not look as good as I feel our team is. Today was really fun and I felt they deserved it.” – CSU head coach Jen Fisher on the team rebounding from a tough weekend in Reno to dominate on Saturday
- Haley Hutton had three hits on the day, giving her 249 for her career. She is now four hits away from setting the all-time CSU record in the category.
- Larisa Petakoff pitched her fourth complete game shutout of the year, and now leads the team in the category. Petakoff’s ERA improved to a lowly 2.21.
- Hannah McCorkhill’s five RBI in the first game of the day was her most in a single game in her career and the most by any CSU player this season.
The Ram Classic will conclude tomorrow. Texas Tech and South Dakota will begin the action at 9 a.m. MT. CSU will play the Red Raiders at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Rams versus South Dakota at 1:30 p.m.
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