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April 18, 2007

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Game 44 & 45 • Colorado State at BYU
Thursday, April 19, 2007 • Provo, Utah
5 p.m. MT - The Mtn. (Comcast 411)
Play-by-Play - Tim Neverett; Color - Todd Christensen

Game 46 • Colorado State at Utah
Friday, April 20, 2007 • Salt Lake City, Utah
4 p.m. MT
Game 47 • Colorado State at Utah
Saturday, April 21, 2007 • Salt Lake City, Utah
1 p.m. MT

Leading Off...
The Rams continue conference play this weekend against the BYU Cougars on Thursday and the Utah Utes on Friday and Saturday. Thursday's double header against the Cougars begins at 5 p.m. in Provo, Utah. Friday's game against the Utes begins at 4 p.m. and Saturday's game begins at 1 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Regional Attention...
Colorado State's double header against the Cougars on Friday will be televised on The Mtn., Comcast channel 411 in Fort Collins.  Coverage begins at 5 p.m.  This is the first televised game of the year for the Rams. Tim Neverett will call the play-by-play and Todd Christensen will provide color analysis.

The Rams vs. BYU...
The Cougars have a slim advantage over the Rams all-time, 13-15. In MWC play the Cougars also have the 14-11 advantage against the Rams. Last year, the Rams went 1-3 against the Cougars, winning the last game of the series 9-3.

The Rams vs. Utah...
The Rams are 34-50 all-time against the Utes. Since the MWC was formed, however, the Rams have a 14-12 advantage. Last year, the Rams lost all four games to Utah.

Schedule Change...
The games against the New Mexico Lobos have been rescheduled. The games were originally scheduled for April 7 & 8 here in Fort Collins, Colo. but inclement weather forced the games to be postponed. The Rams will now play two double headers in Albuquerque, NM on May 11th & 12th. The double header on Friday, May, 11 begins at 5 p.m. The first game of the double header on Saturday will begin at 12 p.m. The Rams will be the home team for two of those games.

MWC Openers...
The Rams are 3-5 in Mountain West Conference openers dating back to 2000. The Rams are 2-1 when opening conference play at home, beating San Diego State this weekend 13-12 in eight innings, and beating SDSU 2-0  in 2005. The loss came in 2001 against BYU. 

Last Weekend...
Colorado State went 2-2 on their latest home stand against San Diego State and UNLV this past weekend. The Rams won both games against  the Aztecs, (13-12 and 6-3) but lost both games against the Rebels (11-5 and 5-3).         

Power Surge...
Colorado State continued to add to its Mountain West Conference-leading home run total.  The Rams enter Thursday's match-up with BYU with 52 round-trippers through 43 games.  Colorado State's 52 home runs already ranks third on the team single-season charts, behind the 2004 team which hit 58 home runs and last season's team which knocked 53 long balls.  If the Rams keep up the pace, they are on track to launch 71 out of the park this season. Currently, Colorado State is 16 homers away from tying the MWC record of 68 in a single season, held by BYU (2005).
They Call Her Big Hurt For a Reason...
Senior Brittany Huerta now has 31 home runs for her career, just one home run shy of tying former NFCA 1st Team All-American Sara Fredstrom for the school record. Huerta's home run came in the second game against the Aztecs in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs and two runners on.

Strick-tly Business...
Jessica Strickland has left an indelible mark in the Rams record book.  The senior from Lakewood, Colo. already ranks in the top-five on Colorado State's career records in 13 different categories including first in doubles and saves.

Making The Most...
Three Rams boast batting averages of .300 or better so far this season.  Freshman Allison Majam leads the Rams with a batting average of .376 and junior Lauren Cusick is not far behind with a batting average of .357. Strickland rounds out the top three hitting at a .307 clip. 

Outscoring the Opposition...
Through 43 games, Colorado State has outscored its opponents 192-177.  The majority of the Rams' damage has been done in the third and sixth inning where CSU has scored 36 and 39 runs, respectively.  Opponents have scored nearly half of their runs (70) in the first inning (32) and seventh innings (38) against the Rams.  However, CSU has battled back, posting a record of 5-6 when trailing after the first inning this season. 

Junior Lauren Cusick is second in the MWC for multiple hit games with 15. Freshman Allison Majam is right behind  Cusick with 14 multiple hit games this season. 

Touch `Em All...
Colorado State hit 10 long balls this past weekend against San Diego State and UNLV.  Four of those homers came in the same game against the Aztecs, which is the most of any team this year in the MWC. The Rams also recorded 29 total bases in that game, giving them the lead in that category as well.

Natural Leigh-der...
Senior Stacey Leigh had an "all-star" weekend this past weekend against SDSU and UNLV. Leigh went 4-for-5 in the first game against the Aztecs with two RBI. She also scored three runs in that game and had a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Rams their first conference win. In the second game, Leigh continued her hit streak with three hits and another RBI. In the team's first game against the Rebels, Leigh went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI. On the weekend, Leigh was 8-for-15 (.533) with five RBI. She nearly doubled her hit total on the season and added .149 to her batting average. 

Off and Running...
Colorado State's offense so far this season has hit a conference leading 59 doubles. Strickland leads the team with 12 so far and not far behind her is Allison Majam with 11 and Lauren Cusick with nine. The Rams also have five triples on the season. Cusick leads the team with three and senior Brittany Huerta has the other two.

Back-to-Back Jacks...
The Rams have hit two back-to-back home runs this season, both of them this past weekend. The first home run came in the bottom of the third inning against San Diego State (game 2). Freshman Allison Majam hit a three-run home run to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. Leigh followed with a home run to give the Rams a 4-0 lead. Against UNLV, junior Julia Kloppe led off the fifth inning for the Rams with a solo shot to left field. Sophomore Kim Klabough followed with an identical hit to left field to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.  

Three Up, Three Down...
Colorado State's defense has a notable .963 fielding percentage this season with 860 putouts. The team also ranks third in the Mountain West for fielding double plays with eight.



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