Softball preview: Rams gear up for UTSA Classic

Following the team's first 4-0 start since 1997, the Rams will look to continue their hot streak this weekend at the UTSA Classic, in San Antonio, Texas.

Following the team's first 4-0 start since 1997, the Rams will look to continue their hot streak this weekend at the UTSA Classic, in San Antonio, Texas.

Feb. 13, 2014

Weekly Release (PDF) | 2014 Media Guide | UTSA Classic Tournament Central

UTSA Classic | Feb. 14-16 | San Antonio, Texas

The Colorado State softball program continues tournament play on Friday, competing in five games in the UTSA Classic, in San Antonio, Texas.

Game 6: Colorado State vs. Rutgers | Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 8 a.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 7: Colorado State vs. Oklahoma State | Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 | 1 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 8: Colorado State vs. Wichita State | Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 9: Colorado State vs. UTSA | Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 6 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 10: Colorado State vs. Rutgers | Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 | 8 a.m. MT | Live Stats

  • Rutgers posted a 30-26 record in 2013, returning 11 letterwinners and adding nine new players. The Scarlet Knights were picked to finish fifth in the Big East Conference preseason poll. Friday will be the team’s first game of the 2014 season.
  • Oklahoma State holds a 2-3 record to start its 2014 campaign. Senior pitcher Simone Freeman made four appearances and three starts over the weekend, recording a 0.31 ERA and striking out 30. OSU ended its 2013 season 30-26 overall and was chosen to finish fifth in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll.  
  • Wichita State enters the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record. Freshman Paige Luellen leads the team with a .583 batting average, a .643 on-base percentage and has driven in nine runs. WSU recorded a 19-33 overall record in 2013 and was picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • UTSA begins its season with a 4-0 record, including an upset at No. 15 Texas on Wednesday. Junior catcher Megan Low leads the team with a .556 batting average, recording three home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.667 slugging percentage. UTSA finished the 2013 season with a 27-26 overall record and was picked to finish ninth in the Conference USA preseason poll.  


FAST START
The Colorado State Rams started their season on a high note, going 4-1 in the Kajikawa Classic. The team’s record is its best through five games since 2008, and the Rams’ 4-0 start to the season was its best since 1997, when the Rams began the year 6-0 before finishing 26-6 and winning the WAC title.

A LOOK BACK AT THE KAJIKAWA CLASSIC
On the first day of the tournament, the Rams shut down Portland State, 6-2, with help from a grand slam by senior Ashlie Ortega. The Rams continued to their second game of the day, shutting out Bradley, 8-0, in six innings. Sophomore Holly Reinke kept the Braves to one hit and recorded her second career shutout. Moving to the second day of the tournament, CSU faced Oregon State of the Pac-12, defeating the Beavers, 3-2, in extra innings. Newcomer Larisa Petakoff recorded her first win as a Ram and Haley Hutton recorded her first collegiate home run. On the final day of the tournament, the Rams posted an 11-5 come-from-behind win over Utah with home runs from Shae Rodriguez, Jaelyn Manzanares and Danielle Wikre. The tournament came to a close for CSU against Cal State Northridge, falling to the Matadors 4-2.

ALL PHASES
Spot-on defense and explosive offense led the Rams to out-score their opponents 30-11 during the season’s opening weekend. Five players – Haley Hutton, Jaelyn Manzanares, Ashlie Ortega, Shae Rodriguez and Danielle Wikre – each recorded a home run, contributing 12 of the 30 total runs. In the circle, CSU struck out 23 batters and held opposing hitters to 7.2 hits per game. After one week of play, CSU leads the Mountain West in ERA and fielding percentage.

CSU PICKED FOURTH IN MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON POLL
The Rams were picked tied for fourth in the Mountain West preseason coaches’ poll, earning 38 points, along with newcomer San José State. Two-time defending champion San Diego State earned seven of the nine first-place votes, followed by Fresno State and Boise State.

LOOKING AHEAD
After 10 games in 10 days, the Rams will have nearly two weeks to prepare for the San Diego Classic I (Feb. 28-March 2). Opponents include Ole Miss, Utah, Grand Canyon, Lehigh, former Mountain West foe BYU and No. 1 Tennessee.


 

 

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