May 10, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Colorado State softball team opened Game 2 of its final series with a 4-0 lead and the Rams never looked back en route to an 11-5 road victory over host New Mexico.
"Typically, what will happen is that the pitcher leaves the balls a little bit on the plate and they get hit," Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "We did a good job taking advantage of a few more pitches that were on the plate than what were used to seeing."
The Rams staked to an early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first, capped by the first of two home runs on the day by junior catcher Emily Pohl. Pohl’s lightning bolt to center field scored sophomore Danielle Wikre who crossed the plate three times on the day for the Rams.
The Lobos would be able to score one run in the bottom of the second before the Green and Gold added two more runs in the top of the third to reassert the team’s hold on the lead. Sophomore Shae Rodriguez reached on a walk and was plated by Wikre who ripped a home run to center field, her second in as many days against the Lobos, pushing the Rams’ lead to 4-1.
Senior pitcher Kailey Snyder (1-4) held New Mexico scoreless in the third and the fourth innings, but the Lobos crawled back into the game with one run in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth to pull within 7-5.
"(Kailey) did well and buckled down," Fisher said. "She's been antsy to have a whole game and has had a great attitude. Starting and getting us through with Kacie (McCarthy) having a muscle strain, she really stepped up and knew that she needed to be the ace for today.”
The top of the seventh reflected the first inning, as the Rams were able to plate four more runs, thanks to another home run from Pohl. Junior Chelsea Biglow drew a walk and was replaced by sophomore Haley David on the bases. David advanced on a single from Wikre before Pohl stepped up to the plate, once again blasting a home run to centerfield to score three. Junior Kendal Butterfield would score for the fourth run off a single by Ortega.
"It's really good to have those power hitters," Fisher added. "Chelsea has been hot for a few weeks, but to get Wikre and Pohl hot all at the same time, along with Ortega, is important."
Wikre finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs and two RBIs. Pohl was 2-for-4, adding two runs and driving in five for the Rams.
"That's really what our lineup should be doing and that's what we've been struggling with all year," Fisher added. "Not for lack of effort, but it's a perfect storm where we've faced good pitching and we’ve been slumping. We haven't been able to really put it all together. It gives us a lot of confidence for tomorrow. They haven't seen much of (pitchers) Molly (Randle) or Holly (Reinke) so we have an opportunity to end on a good note."
Snyder pitched the complete game for the Rams, scattering 13 hits and giving up five runs (four earned) while striking out five.
With the win, the Rams improved to 24-24 overall, and moved to 10-7 in Mountain West play, but find themselves out of contention for the conference’s regular-season championship by virtue of San Diego State’s victory over UNLV on Friday. The Rams, will now battle for a piece of second place in the league standings, needing a victory in Saturday’s season finale to keep pace with Fresno State, which sits at 11-7 in the MW.
The Colorado State softball team will play its final game of the 2013 regular season tomorrow, stepping back onto the diamond against the Lobos at 1 p.m. MT. Gametracker live scoring is available at CSURams.com, and streaming video (via subscription) can be found at GoLobos.com.
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