FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State rams completed a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Ram Classic with victories over Texas Tech and South Dakota on Sunday at Ram Field.
CSU (27-20) rallied from early deficit to beat Texas Tech (18-34), and then shutout South Dakota (21-30) for the second day in a row.
Texas Tech - 3
Colorado State - 4
CSU rallied after Texas Tech notched a two-run home run in the first inning to beat the Red Raiders, 4-3.
The Rams cut the lead visitors' lead in half in the second inning, getting a run back with Hayleigh Evans drawing a bases-loaded walk, bringing in Hannah McCorkhill.
CSU took control of the game in the fourth inning, scoring three runs on a pair of fielder's choice plays at home plate. Pinch runners Kirsten Kauk and Francesca Olivas were at second and third, with Evans back to the plate. The junior hit a ground ball and Kauk was able to beat the throw to home plate to tie the game. Haley Hutton then grounded to second, and the Texas Tech second baseman again went home but the throw nailed Olivas and rolled away, allowing Evans to also score on the play to put the Rams up 4-2.
CSU starting pitcher Kaylynn Pierce shut things down after allowing two runs in the first, pitching four scoreless frames before Larisa Petakoff came into the game in relief in the sixth.
Petakoff allowed a solo homer in the sixth, but otherwise closed the game out cleanly as CSU held on for the 4-3 win.
South Dakota - 0
Colorado State - 1
Bridgette Hutton pitched seven scoreless innings to shut out the South Dakota Coyotes to close out the Ram Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Hutton allowed only six hits and one walk over her complete game shutout, and was also backed by another great outing by the CSU defense.
CSU's defense came through in the clutch in the sixth inning. The Coyotes had the bases loaded with one out and Kayla Fields to bat. Fields grounded to Corina Gamboa down the third base line, and the freshman gunned home to get the force out at the plate. Catcher Lauren Buchanan then pivoted and fired the ball to Hannah McCorkhill covering first base for the unconventional 5-2-3 double play to end the inning.
CSU's only run came in the fourth inning. Madison Kilcrease led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right center after the Coyotes outfielder nearly made an impressive diving catch. Amber Nelson then hit a deep ball to center that resulted in a sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead for the Rams.
Kilcrease ended up with two of CSU's four hits in the game, as the Coyotes actually outhit the Rams 6-4.
IN THEIR WORDS...
"It put a lot of pressure on our pitchers and we had that last weekend and we didn't come out on the winning side of it then. It was important for our pitchers to throw with traffic on the bases and to have to get us out of innings. Kaylynn (Pierce) gave up that home run (against Texas Tech) and she had to come back, and she did a good job. Kaylynn missed a pitch and the girl hit it out, but besides that she pitched a good game." - CSU head coach Jen Fisher on the pitchers overcoming some tough situations, including Kaylynn Pierce bouncing back from allowing a first inning homer to Texas Tech
- Bridgette Hutton's complete game shutout versus South Dakota was her fourth of the season, tying Larisa Petakoff for the team lead. It also marked the Rams' second consecutive shutout over South Dakota, after the Rams won 6-0 yesterday.
- Madison Kilcrease notched her second triple of the season, and then scored the go-ahead run against South Dakota.
- CSU hosted three home tournaments this season and finishes with a 10-3 record in those games. The Rams also own a 19-7 mark in non-conference play.
CSU will close out its regular season with a three-game series versus Fresno State this Thursday-Saturday at Ram Field. Thursday is `Bark At The Park', with free dog Frisbees given away at the game. Saturday's series finale will also be the Senior Game for Haley Hutton and Taryn Arcarese.
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