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CSU Softball Preview: New Mexico

Senior Shannon Causgrove

Senior Shannon Causgrove

April 16, 2009

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Home Sweet Home…
Colorado State hosts conference foe New Mexico for a two-game series this weekend at Ram Field. The teams are scheduled to meet for a single game on Saturday and Sunday with both games starting at 1 p.m. MDT.    

SDSU & UNLV Recap…
The Rams finished their first conference road trip of the 2009 season with a 1-2 record after traveling to San Diego and Las Vegas. San Diego State defeated Colorado State 5-0 on Friday evening, but the Rams bounced back on Saturday, defeating UNLV 4-1. Colorado State and UNLV met again on Sunday with the Rebels defeating the Rams 12-4 in six innings.
Extra-Inning Thriller…
Colorado State and in-state rival Northern Colorado met on Tuesday afternoon at Ram Field and handed the fans in attendance a thrilling offensive battle. The Rams walked away with the 10-9 victory in nine innings after freshman Christine Thomsen hit her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot to right field, to tie the game, 8-8, in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior Allison Majam secured the Rams’ victory when she tripled in the bottom of the ninth to plate freshmen Ashley MacQueen and Thomsen. 

About New Mexico…
The Lobos are 11-27 overall this season and 2-4 in MWC action. They are led by Samantha Hughes at the plate with a .381 batting average in her 38 starts. She has recorded 13 doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBI. In the circle, New Mexico is led by Analise Rubalcava who has recorded a 5.73 ERA in 108.2 innings pitched. She has fanned 23 batters while walking 33.

Colorado State on The Mtn....
The Mtn. is scheduled to air two Mountain West Conference softball games this season beginning Friday when San Diego State visits Utah at 3 p.m. MT.  The second live game will be on May 2 at 4 p.m. MT when Colorado State travels to New Mexico. Former U.S. Olympian and Colorado State softball coach Teri Goldberg will provide expert analysis during both of the televised games.  Holly Schmillen, a standout for Colorado State at shortstop from 1998-2001 and two-time recipient of all-MWC honors (00, 01), will co-host the Pre-Game Live and Post-Game Live shows.

A League of Her Own...
Colorado State Head Coach Mary Yori is one win shy of 700 career victories and can surpass that mark this weekend when the Rams host New Mexico on Saturday and Sunday at Ram Field. Yori notched her name into the CSU record books, becoming only the second coach in Colorado State history to reach 100 wins. Last season, Yori surpassed 200 victories in Las Cruces, N.M., when the Rams beat Illinois-Chicago, 9-5, at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces Invitational. Her record at CSU now stands at 240-216, making her the winningest coach in CSU softball history. Yori also surpassed another milestone last season, coaching in her 1,000th game. That game was a win against Utah State, 11-3 in five innings.

Freshman Duo…
Freshmen Dani Chaplin (6-5) and Kelli Eubanks (7-8) have combined for 30 starts this season and 42 appearances in the circle. They have thrown a combined 181.2 innings while recording 132 strikeouts. Chaplin has recorded a 3.59 ERA while keeping opposing batters at a .271 average. Eubanks has recorded a 2.76 ERA with opposing batters hitting .266 against her.

Leading Off...
Leadoff batters for the Rams this season have recorded a .350 batting average (89-for-254). Senior Shannon Causgrove has recorded a .556 average (5-for-9) when leading off an inning and leads the team. Senior Kim Klabough follows Causgrove with a .429 average. Sophomore Caitlan Stem has hit in the leadoff spot in every game this season and has recorded a .411 average (23-for-56) when leading off an inning.

Score Some More...
As a squad, Colorado State has batted .304 (97-for-319) with runners in scoring position. Sophomore Caitlan Stem leads the Rams with a .520 average (13-for-25) with runners on second or third, followed by freshman Christine Thomsen, who has recorded a .405 average (15-for-37) with runners in scoring position.

The .300 Club...
Four Ram batters have recorded a .300 batting average or better through 39 games this season. Freshman Christine Thomsen leads the squad with a .356 (37-for-104) average, followed closely by sophomore Caitlan Stem with a .354 (46-for-130) average. Freshman Jenna Krogh and junior Allison Majam are also batting above .300 this season, recording a .339 (38-for-112) and .315 (28-for-89) average, respectively.

Freshman Jenna Krogh is currently in the middle of a six-game hitting streak and is the only Ram batter to record a hit in every conference game thus far. Krogh is batting .600 (9-for-15) in conference play with nine singles and six of those nine have been infield hits. Freshman Christine Thomsen is in the middle of a four-game hitting streak after recording six singles, a double and a home run while tallying five RBI.




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