Softball preview: Rams travel to Las Vegas riding 7-game win streak

Following a 7-0 home stand, the Rams open up a three-game series at UNLV riding its longest winning streak in two seasons.

Following a 7-0 home stand, the Rams open up a three-game series at UNLV riding its longest winning streak in two seasons.

April 10, 2014

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Colorado State at UNLV | Friday, April 11 | 7 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Colorado State at UNLV | Saturday, April 12 | 2 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Colorado State at UNLV | Sunday, April 13 | 2 p.m. MT | Live Stats

ADDRESSING UNLV
The Colorado State softball team will leave Fort Collins after a seven-game home stand, heading to Las Vegas, Nev., for a three-game series against UNLV. The Rebels are 16-21 overall and hold a 6-3 conference mark. Senior outfielder Stefany Valentino leads the team with a .382 batting average. Over the course of 110 at-bats, Valentino has posted 26 runs, six doubles, two triples, 11 RBI and a .463 on-base percentage. Fellow teammate Pauline Monreal ranks first in the Mountain West for RBI (44) and second for home runs (10). Overall, UNLV leads the league with 31 home runs and 456 total bases. The last time CSU and UNLV met on the diamond, the Rams swept the Rebels in March 2013. CSU leads the series, 35-32.

SWEEPING THE MINERS
The Rams boosted their four-game win streak to seven with a sweep of the UTEP Miners over the weekend. During the first game of Saturday’s double header, CSU was able to barrel past the Miners 14-0 to record their third shutout of the year and a season high for runs. Chelsea O’Connor hit a blast to left field that accounted for three of her four RBI of the day. Danielle Wikre would follow closely with a solo shot to center. She went 2-for-4 on the day. In the afternoon game, O’Connor once again went 2-for-4, and Chelsea Biglow recorded an RBI double and sacrifice fly in a 7-2 victory.

CSU jumped ahead in the series finale and never trailed, winning 9-1 in six innings. The Rams hit three home runs on the day, including a three-run shot by Jaelyn Manzanares. On the weekend, pitchers Larisa Petakoff, Molly Randle and Holly Reinke each earned wins.

HUTTON NAMED CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Just a freshman, Haley Hutton is making a big impact on the field. Over the weekend, she reached base 14 times in 15 plate appearances, recording eight hits and six walks, and was named the Mountain West Player of the Week. She had a team-high seven runs and drove in two, including her second career home run. Defensively, she had six putouts and seven assists.

Hutton is the second Ram to earn player-of-the-week honors, joining Holly Reinke, who was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 18.

STREAKING BACK INTO CONFERENCE PLAY
The Rams sit in the middle of the Mountain West with a .500 mark, but are in position to make a move, riding a season-long seven-game winning streak. It is the longest streak since closing the 2012 season on a seven-game upswing. If the Rams can sweep the UNLV series, they will guarantee themselves a winning record for the third straight season, in addition to matching last year’s win total with 15 games still remaining.

RANKING UP
The Green and Gold have started to take over both conference and national rankings after a successful home stand. The team ranks first in the Mountain West, averaging 6.26 runs per game (20th nationally), in addition to a .490 slugging percentage (30th). The Rams rank second in the MW with 49 doubles, a .963 fielding percentage and 29 home runs, and rank third with a .309 batting average, 3.04 ERA and .402 on-base percentage.

The team success is credited to a balanced offense and pitching staff, with 11 players ranking in the top 10 in the conference for individual statistical categories, including several who rank among the best in the nation.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Rams will return to Ram Field for a three-game series against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The series begins Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m., and is followed by games on Friday and Saturday. Admission to all games is free.


 

 

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