Softball preview: Rams conclude non-conference slate with home series vs. UTEP

Head Coach Jen Fisher and the CSU Rams have won four consecutive home games. The Rams host UTEP for a three-game series this weekend.

Head Coach Jen Fisher and the CSU Rams have won four consecutive home games. The Rams host UTEP for a three-game series this weekend.

April 3, 2014

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UTEP at Colorado State | Saturday, April 5 | 12 p.m. MT | Live Stats
UTEP at Colorado State | Saturday, April 5 | 2 p.m. MT | Live Stats
UTEP at Colorado State | Sunday, April 6 | 12 p.m. MT | Live Stats

GAUGING UTEP

The UTEP Miners will come to Fort Collins with a 12-24 overall record and a seven-game losing streak dating back to mid-March. UTEP has been shut out in each of its last three games. While the Miners have a sub-.500 record overall, they have played five ranked teams.

UTEP is led by five players with batting averages above .300, including Ashley Eldridge, who has 16 doubles and 27 RBI, and is slugging .568. On the rubber, Colleen Hohman and Danielle Pearson split the majority of the pitching duties, going a combined 8-17.

CSU is 0-1 all-time against UTEP.

REVENGE OVER NORTHERN COLORADO
Trailing for much of the game, CSU scored one run in each inning from the third through fifth, and two in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5 and extend the game into extra innings. The Rams showed their defensive prowess in the top of the eighth, ending the inning with a strikeout-throw out double play. Senior Chelsea Biglow led off the bottom half of the eighth with an infield single, and sophomore Jaelyn Manzanares bunted her into scoring position. The following batter, Kendal Butterfield, singled to center, scoring Biglow for the winning run.

Four Rams had multi-hit games. O'Connor reached base four times and drove in a run, while Hutton had three hits and scored twice. Biglow finished the game 2-for-3 with the winning run, and Ortega drove in a pair and had two hits. Holly Reinke faced five batters, retiring them all, and earning the win.

BUCKING THE BRONCOS
Coming off an 0-3 start to Mountain West play, the Rams got back on track, sweeping Boise State to even their conference mark at 3-3. During the first game of the series, CSU found themselves trailing 3-1 through five before breaking through for five runs in the sixth. During Game 2, the Rams were again behind before a four-run third inning. Haley Hutton went 3-for-3 on the day, recording two RBI, while Jaelyn Manzanares went 2-for-3. Ashlie Ortega and Alysa Greckel each ahd doubles, while Danielle Wikre recorded her second triple of the season. Larisa Petakoff earned the win for the Rams. During the series finale, junior Shae Rodriguez hit her first grand slam and tied a career high with five RBI. Wikre joined Rodriguez with a two-run shot, and Holly Reinke picked up her ninth win of the season and second victory of the weekend.

IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A LION
The Colorado State softball team has held a noble record since the beginning of the season, starting the year 4-0 and holding a 15-5 record 20 games into the season - the Rams' best mark through 20 games in 25 years. Sitting at 19-9 overall, the Rams have at least 19 wins 28 games into the season for just the third time in the past decade. In comparison, CSU was 15-13 at this point last year.

Following CSU's season-most five game winning streak, the Rams lost four straight. Since then, however, CSU has won four in a row.

TRENDING UPWARD
For the second time during the month of March, the Rams had a perfect weekend, sweeping Boise State in a three-game conference matchup. The Rams also went 5-0 during the Fresno State Classic. Over the weekend, CSU outscored Boise State, 28-14. On the season, CSU is averaging 5.85 runs per game, which ranks 38th nationally.

During the weekend, CSU struck out just five times, and recorded a team-high 12 runs during the series finale.

RAMS IN THE RANKINGS
Coming off a productive weekend, the Rams continue to show that they rank among the best in the Mountain West in several statistical categories. As a team, CSU ranks third in slugging percentage (.453) and ERA (3.17), and fourth in runs scored (158).

Two weeks into the conference season, five players rank in the top 10 of 16 categories:

  • Danielle Wikre - .Third for batting average (.405), fourth in home runs (7), second in slugging percentage (.811), fourth for on-base percentage (.522)
  • Chelsea O'Connor - Fourth for RBI (34), ninth for slugging percentage (.585), tied for fourth for doubles (8), tied for fifth in home runs (6)
  • Holly Reinke - Second for ERA (1.81), first in opposing batting average (.209), eighth for innings pitched (80.1), seventh for batters struck out (55), tied for fifth for wins (5)
  • Larisa Petakoff - Fourth for ERA (2.52)
  • Haley Hutton - Third for runs scored (26), seventh for on-base percentage (.476)

 

 


LOOKING AHEAD
With the conclusion of non-conference action, CSU will step back into Mountain West play, heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to face the UNLV Rebels for a three-game series. The series will be held April 11-13, with the first game beginning at 7 p.m. MT.

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