May 14, 2011
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Colorado State softball team finished a season full of struggles on Saturday, falling to conference rival UNLV, 11-7, at Eller Media Stadium.
With the loss, the Rams complete the 2011 season with an 8-43 overall record and a 1-14 record in conference play. It is the first season in which the Rams have won less than 10 games since 1985, when they finished with a 7-30 overall record. UNLV finishes with a 27-18 overall record (9-5 MWC) and sweeps the season series against CSU, 3-0, with the win.
CSU jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first. Junior Lyssa Roberts scored the first run on a wild pitch from UNLV starter Traci Odegard. Freshman Chelsea Biglow (1-for-3) hit her sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field to take a 4-0 lead.
The Rams added three more runs in the third, starting with a two-run home run from sophomore Brittany Palish (1-for-4). Freshman Alysa Greckel (1-for-3) later doubled to center field to bring in sophomore Brianna Donahue from first.
The Rebels trailed, 7-6, going into bottom of the fifth, but scored on an RBI double to tie the game. They scored four more runs in the sixth on a game-winning grand slam from sophomore Tayler Aleman.
Rams freshman Alexa Cash made her 24th start of the season in the circle for the Rams. Cash gave up four earned runs, walked three batters and struck out two over 2.2 innings of work. Sophomore Kelsey Jo O'Brien pitched three middle innings and gave up four earned runs.
Freshman Desiree Laswell
entered the game in the sixth and loaded the bases with one out. Cash then re-entered the game in relief and allowed the Aleman grand slam. Laswell received the losing decision and drops to a 2-8 record.
The Rams lose seniors Caitlan Stem and Ivory Allen to graduation and will look to improve on their 2011 record next year with the five incoming players signed to National Letters of Intent.