The Colorado State softball team extended its winning streak to eight games with two wins over Northern Colorado, 8-2 and 2-1, in Fort Collins on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Rams improved their record to 24-9 on the season.
Game one began with the visiting Bears scoring after Erin Peterson reached on an error and was later knocked home on an RBI-double by Whitney Platten.
The Rams responded in the bottom of the inning when Brittany Burtner scored Stephanie Roberts on a double to left center and then took the lead in the second when Brittany Huerta scored off of a Roberts single to left.
UNC knotted the score again in the top of the fifth, but CSU wasted no time in taking the lead back as Huerta drilled a solo home run to left field to put the Rams ahead for good. CSU added a five-run sixth to finish the scoring with the Rams on top 8-2.
Huerta led the CSU offense going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI in the contest while Roberts also collected three hits, going 3-for-4 and crossing the plate twice.
Megan Masser threw six innings for the win, giving up one earned run and striking out six while JayCee Wood closed out the game for CSU pitching a perfect seventh inning. Masser moves to 5-2 on the year while UNCís Stephani Miller dropped to 4-6 with the loss.
In the nightcap, CSU took a quick 1-0 lead after Roberts led off getting hit by a pitch and was later moved to second on a Jennifer Gardner sacrifice bunt. In the next at bat, Ricki Walker punched a double to left center allowing Roberts to score.
CSU extended its lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when pitcher Genevieve Kelly hit her fourth home run of the season on a rocket to left center to give the Rams a slim cushion heading into the fifth.
The Bears then made things interesting in the sixth inning when Shannon Lamport singled to left and advanced to second on a Ram error. Lamport then moved to third on a groundout and was knocked in by a Peterson single up the middle. Platten then doubled to left center, but the Rams were able to leave runners at second and third and sit down the last two Bear batters to keep the 2-1 lead and end the game with a one-run victory.
Kelly went 2-for-2 in the game while catcher Stacey Leigh went 2-for-3 to lead Ram hitters.
Kelly earned the win going four innings and allowing just one hit while Jessica Strickland earned her first career save pitching three innings and allowing one earned run.
Northern Coloradoís Stacey Moon took the loss giving up seven hits and two earned runs in the game.
Colorado State will be in action again on Friday when they open up Mountain West Conference play at San Diego State.