CSU's Ortega earns MW Player of the Week honors
Feb. 19, 2013
By Stuart Buchanan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State junior shortstop Ashlie Ortega earned her first career Mountain West Player of the Week accolade on Tuesday after leading the Rams to a 4-1 record at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M.
Batting from the leadoff position, the Brighton, Colo., native recorded three multi-hit games and went 8-for-18 (.444) at the plate with two doubles, one triple, two home runs and four walks during the five game stretch. She drove in 13 runs and scored six more.
Ortega opened up the tournament with a 2-for-4 performance in a 6-4 victory over Texas Tech. She recorded three RBI in the game while notching the first of two doubles on the weekend. Later that day, she drew the first of four walks against Penn State, scoring once in the Rams’ 10-2 rout of the Nittany Lions.
In the first of two games on Saturday, Ortega went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a double to help the Rams hold on for a 10-9 victory over host New Mexico State. She followed that performance with a 3-for-4, seven-RBI outing in a 17-16 comeback win over UMKC. With the bases loaded in the fourth inning against the Kangaroos, Ortega legged out a triple to centerfield to plate three Rams and then scored her second run of the game on a wild pitch, pulling CSU to within 14-6. In the fifth inning, she hit a three-run homer to left center as part of a seven-run rally. She went deep again two innings later with a lead-off home run to right center that started a three-run rally to send the game into extra innings. On Sunday, Ortega drew the last of four walks in a 9-2 loss to NMSU. Ortega finished the tournament with slugging and on-base percentages of 1.000 and .545, respectively.
Defensively, she recorded 20 assists and five putouts from her shortstop position.
The Rams improved to 6-4 to start the 2013 season and will return to the diamond for five games next weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.