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Softball preview: Colorado State hosts Utah, BYU

April 13, 2010

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Home Sweet Home...
Colorado State returns to Fort Collins, Colo., this week to host Utah and BYU in its conference home openers. First pitch against the Utes is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. MT at Ram Field. The Rams will then host games against the Cougars on Friday and Saturday, with games slated to begin at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

MWC opening weekend…
The Rams faced two tough opponents during the opening weekend of 2010 conference action. Colorado State fell to UNLV and San Diego State over the weekend to begin conference play 0-3. The Rams lost to the Rebels 7-4 in their first conference game and fell to the Aztecs, 8-0, in five innings on Saturday, and 6-1 on Sunday. San Diego State and UNLV sit atop the conference standings after finishing the first weekend of conference play 3-0, followed by BYU, who finished with a 2-0 mark after defeating in-state rival Utah twice. New Mexico and Colorado State closed out the first weekend of MWC action with 0-3 records and Utah finished 0-2.     

The Utes are 17-20 overall this season after falling to in-state rival BYU twice last weekend. The Utes are led by Hannah Clements at the plate with a .346 overall batting average in 37 games played. She has tallied 13 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 22 RBI while scoring 20 runs. In the circle for Utah, Ashley Smuda leads the team with a 3.26 ERA with a 14-9 record in 29 appearances. She has tossed 126.2 total innings, recording eight complete games and 96 strikeouts. Colorado State trails 54-40 in the all-time series against Utah after recording a 2-1 record against the Utes in 2009. Sophomores Kelli Eubanks and Dani Chaplin tallied the victories for the Rams last season against Utah. 

The Cougars bring a 26-8 overall record to Fort Collins this weekend after sweeping in-state rival Utah last weekend to begin conference play. Angeline Quiocho leads the team at the plate with a .434 average in 34 starts. She has recorded 11 doubles, 12 round-trippers and 38 RBI in 99 at bats for the Cougars. Paige Affleck leads the team in the circle, tallying a 2.14 ERA in 140.1 innings. She is 20-6 overall this season with 22 starts, 13 complete games and 134 strikeouts. BYU leads the all-time series against the Rams 23-16 after winning two of three last season in conference action.

Conference Openers...
Colorado State is 4-7 all-time in MWC openers after dropping its conference game to UNLV on Friday. The Rebels rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored five runs to defeat the Rams, 7-4.

Conference Home Openers...
The Rams are 5-4 in MWC home openers under Head Coach Mary Yori. Last season, BYU defeated Colorado State 11-0 in five innings in its conference home opener on April 2. In 2008, Colorado State defeated UNLV in its conference home opener live on The Mtn., 14-13 on a walk-off single by then-sophomore Kayla Kreutzman.

Reaching a Milestone...
Colorado State’s first game against Northern Colorado on Saturday, March 27 was Head Coach Mary Yori’s 500th game at the helm of the Rams. Colorado State defeated Northern Colorado 10-2 in the first game of the doubleheader. Yori is in her 10th season at Colorado State and has garnered a 269-236 record with a 728-394 mark in her 21st season as a head coach.    

Rams on TV...
Colorado State will play two more nationally televised conference games this season on The Mtn. and BYU-TV. The Rams and Aztecs battled on CBS College Sports during the MWC opening weekend with San Diego State defeating the Rams, 6-1. Colorado State’s game against the Aztecs will re-air on The Mtn. on April 14 at 8 p.m. MT. The Rams will host New Mexico on May 8 at 1 p.m. MT live on The Mtn. Colorado State’s matchup at BYU will also air live on BYU-TV on April 29 at 6 p.m. MT, and will also re-air on The Mtn. on April 30 at 8 p.m. MT. 

Score Some More...
The Rams have recorded a .332 average at the plate this season with runners in scoring position and tallied a .400 mark during the first weekend of conference play. Junior Caitlan Stem leads the team at the plate with runners on this season, batting .500 (13-for-26). Sophomore Jenna Krogh is close behind Stem, batting .455 (15-for-33) this season with runners on second or third. Krogh and freshman Brianna Donahue led the team last weekend with runners in scoring position, both batting 1.000 (1-for-1).  

Sophomore Success...
Sophomore Kelli Eubanks has dominated in the circle this season for Colorado State. Eubanks has a 16-9 record thus far and has recorded 16 of the team’s 22 total victories. She has a 3.18 ERA in 154.0 innings pitched while tallying 136 strikeouts. She has appeared in 32 of Colorado State’s 36 games this season, starting 21, and has recorded 15 complete games.  

Outscoring the Opponent...
The Rams have scored 177 runs this season while only allowing opponents to tally 157 runs through 36 games. Colorado State has scored a majority of its runs in the third inning, recording 32. Colorado State has tallied 29 runs in the first frame during the season while only allowing 17 runs in the same inning. The Rams have scored 11 runs in extra frames this season while holding opponents to six extra-inning runs.

Two-Out Rally...
As a team, the Rams have batted .252 this season with two outs in an inning. Sophomore Jenna Krogh leads the team at the plate with two outs, batting .440 (11-for-25) while tallying four of her 10 total RBI with two outs. Junior Caitlan Stem ranks second on the squad with a .314 average with two outs in an inning. She has recorded 10 of her 22 total RBI with two outs. Senior Rebecca Penland follows close behind Stem with a .313 ( 15-for-48) average with two outs in an inning this season and has recorded 13 of her 32 total RBI. Overall, Colorado State has tallied 56 of its 158 total RBI with two outs in an inning.

Kiss it Goodbye...
Senior Ashley Munoz is now tied in fifth place with former Ram Holly Schmillen with 30 career home runs. Munoz belted her 30th round-tripper last weekend against San Diego State to cut the Aztecs’ lead to 2-1. Munoz leads the team this season with four home runs.





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