May 7, 2011
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Rams played in their final home game of the 2011 season on Saturday, but despite solid defense and some hard hits, came up short against Utah in a 6-3 decision.
CSU's overall record is now 8-40 (1-11 MWC), while second-place Utah improves to 29-20 (7-3 MWC). The Rams also finish the season with a 2-13 home record.
Despite the loss, CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher noted that the team played well overall in its final three home games.
"We so needed to play well this weekend," Fisher said. "I think it's a coming-together of some freshmen maturing, some players really starting to understand our system and buy into it and getting some better pitching. All those things adding up, we really needed that going in, even just for momentum for next year. It just helps you feel good."
The Rams scored their first run in the fourth when freshman Morghan Doughty walked with the bases loaded to cut the Utes' lead to 2-1.
CSU scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when senior Caitlan Stem doubled to center field, bringing in junior Lyssa Roberts and Doughty.
Trailing 6-3, the Rams threatened to tie up the game with two outs in the seventh. Freshman Emily Pohl came to the plate with two runners on, but flew out to center field to end the game, narrowly missing a game-tying home run.
"I thought the defense played really pretty solid again and we hit a lot of shots," Fisher said. "You can't hit the ball harder than [Pohl] did. She hit it three times right at people. I feel good about how we worked deep in the counts."
Freshman Alexa Cash
started in the circle and pitched her fifth complete game of the season. Cash gave up six earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
"I think Alexa Cash had a really good outing," Fisher said. "She got a lot of quick lead outs and a lot of quick outs, and she really did a great job. It's just fun to see what the future is with her."
Saturday also marked the final CSU home game for seniors Ivory Allen and Stem, who both hail from Colorado.
"She's just a great kid and so positive and so fun to be around," Fisher said of Allen.
Allen went 1-for-3 with a bunt hit on the day.
"Caitlan [Stem] had just a tremendous weekend," Fisher said of Stem. "I felt like she really played great on defense and hit the ball the way she's been hitting the ball for the past month and a half or so. She's really been stroking the ball."
The Rams will be back in action for their final three games of the season on Thursday. They will take on San Diego State at 7 p.m. MT before heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to face UNLV on Friday and Saturday.