This Week: The Rams will make their home debut with five games in four days against Utah State and Southern Utah. The Colorado State homestand begins with a doubleheader against Utah State Saturday, March 6, followed by game three of the series on March 7, both games beginning at 12 p.m. The Rams will then face Southern Utah in a doubleheader begginning at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9.
Wrap-up - Troy Cox Classic: Colorado State closed out play at the Troy Cox Classic with a 3-2 record, including a win over nationally-ranked Texas State in the teams? first of two meetings in Las Cruces, N.M. The Rams opened up the tournament with wins over Illinois-Chicago, 6-1 and came from behind on a Melanie Laffoon home run to defeat Texas State, 5-3. On day two, the Rams split two games, losing to Portland State 6-5 and shutting out host New Mexico State 5-0. The Rams closed out the tournament with 2-1 loss in a rematch against Texas State. The Rams? 3-2 record tied for second in the tournament with Texas State. Portland State took top honors finishing with 4-1 mark.
Missing Masser: Senior pitcher Megan Masser will miss 2-4 weeks with an injury to her pitching arm. Masser currently leads the team in innings pitched (38.1), strikeouts (45), games started (5), appearances (8) and ranks second with a 2.19 ERA. Masser is only one shutout, four starts and four victories away from moving into fifth place all-time in the Colorado State record books in each category
Rams vs. Aggies and Thunderbirds: The Utah State Aggies hold a 21-10 advantage over Colorado State all-time heading into play this weekend. The Rams, however, own a 23-2 all-time record against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
Laffoon?s Lofty Distinction: Sophomore designated player Melanie Laffoon earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Troy Cox Classic. Laffon hit .400 (6-for-15) for the tournament with three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. Two of Laffoon?s home runs proved to be game-winning shots against Texas State and New Mexico State.
Strickland?s Solid Start: Freshman pitcher Jessica Strickland leads the Colorado State pitching staff with a 4-2 record, and is currently second in appearances (7), complete games (3), and innings pitched (30.1) behind senior Megan Masser.
Farrell?s Fielding: Junior catcher Kerry Farrell has not committed an error since the second game of a doubleheader against BYU on April 25, last season. That is a streak of 190 chances over 29 games.
Slugging It Out: Through 17 games this season, five Rams have posted slugging percentages of .500 or better. Senior Ricki Walker leads the team with a .630 mark, followed by Brittany Huerta who is slugging .589 on the season. Junior Kerry Farrell has improved from a .277 slugging percentage last season and is currently third on the team, slugging .560. Sophomores Katie Dean and Melanie Laffoon round out the list with slugging percentages of .556 and .500, respectively. At the close of the 2003 season, only two Rams were slugging above .500, Walker (.667) and Stephanie Roberts (.613).
Troy Cox Classic All-Tournament Team: Three Rams earned all-tournament honors for their performances at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, NM. Senior Ricki Walker was named to her second straight all-tournament team. Walker earned top honors at first base with a .467 batting average and a slugging percentage of .600 over the five-game stretch, while posting a perfect fielding percentage. Senior Megan Masser earned the lone pitching spot on the team with an 0.78 ERA to lead all pitchers at the tournament. Masser also recorded a ten-strikeout performance to lead the Rams to a 5-3 victory over No. 25 Texas State. Junior Brittany Burtner got the nod at shortstop. Burtner hit .375 during that stretch with three doubles and scoring four runs for the Rams. Burnter also posted a perfect fielding percentage for the tournament.
Senior Leadership: Through 17 games this season, senior first baseman Ricki Walker is leading the team in batting average (.444), on-base percentage (.531), hits (24), RBI (13), doubles (7), total bases (34), slugging percentage (.630), intentional walks (4) and ranks second on the team with with 54 at bats.
Walker, Dean and Gardner Garner Honors: Senior first baseman Ricki Walker, and sophomore outfielders Katie Dean and Jennifer Gardner were each named to the 2004 All-Fastpitch Express College Classic Team. Walker posted the second-best batting average of the field at .526. Gardner hit .462 with a pair of doubles and Dean hit .429 with three doubles and a home run.
Streaking Rams: Colorado State catcher Kerry Farrell had a streak of 106 career starts snapped on Feb. 6 when Stacey Leigh started at catcher against Sacramento State. The longest current streak of games started is 121 by senior Ricki Walker. Juniors Stephanie Roberts and Brittany Burtner have also started over 100 consecutive games for Colorado State with Roberts holding the advantage 120-118.
Next Week: The Rams will head for warmer weather over Spring Break, as the team is slated to play 12 games at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Last season, the Rams caught fire under the Florida Sun, rattling off 11straight wins to cap a season high 13-game winning streak.
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