Softball preview: CSU continues MW play against Boise State

Junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow

Junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow

April 24, 2013

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Game 41 Colorado State at Boise State
April 26, 2013 | Boise, Idaho | 3 p.m. MT

Game 42 Colorado State at Boise State
April 27, 2013 |Boise, Idaho | 3 p.m. MT

Game 43 Colorado State at Boise State
April 28, 2013 | Boise, Idaho | 1 p.m. MT

Coming up
The Colorado State softball team (20-20, 6-3 MW) will continue Mountain West play this week, traveling to Boise, Idaho for a three-game series against the Boise State Broncos (19-23-1, 3-6 MW) at BSU's Dona Larsen Park.

Recapping Fresno State
The Rams moved into a tie for first place in the Mountain West standings, taking two out of three games from the Fresno State Bulldogs last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., at Mountain Lion Field on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The Rams took a 3-2 victory in the first game of the series behind senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy, who struck out six. CSU came back after a 1-0 lead by the Bulldogs when Chelsea Biglow hit a solo homer, her fourth of the season. Then, with the Rams trailing, 2-1, Cassy Mosser recorded a walk-off single to score Biglow and Molly Randle and give the Rams' the 3-2 victory. 

In game two, the Rams came from behind once again to capture the  7-4 win. Freshman pitcher Holly Reinke earned her fifth win of the season, striking out five batters. Biglow, again was key to the Rams' offense, notching her third triple of the season and hitting another solo shot that sparked a six-run rally for the Rams in the fourth inning. Biglow's homer brought the Rams to within 3-2. Greckel followed with a solo home run of her own to tie the contest, and Haley David put an exclamation point on the inning with the first home run of her career, a grand slam, that gave the Rams a 7-3 lead.


 

 

The Bulldogs put up a fight in the finale of the series, shutting out the Rams, 5-0. Ashlie Ortega and Greckel were the only batters for the Rams to earn a hit. Despite their offense being held at a standstill, the Green and Gold made two double plays in the game.

Moving up MW standings
The Rams moved up the Mountain West standings last weekend, taking two out of three games from Fresno State,  and sliding into a tie for first place in the with the San Diego State Aztecs. Both teams have three three-game series left in the 2013 campaign, including a head-to-head matchup hosted by the Rams, May 3-5 at Ram Field. CSU, San Diego State, Nevada, and Fresno State are the only teams in the MW to hold a winning record in league play. The Rams and Aztecs sit atop the standings at 6-3. League newcomers Nevada and Fresno State are tied for third with a 7-5 mark in MW action.

Biglow named MW Player of the Week...again
Colorado State junior third baseman Chelsea Biglow has earned her second Mountain West Player of the Week nod in less than a month, after leading the Rams to a 2-1 series victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs that catapulted the team into a tie for first place in the league standings.
 
Biglow, a Tigard, Ore., native, hit .500 (4-for-8) with two RBIs in and four runs over the weekend. She collected three extra-base hits in the series, including one triple and two home runs, to post a 1.500 slugging percentage. Biglow recorded key hits in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs. She hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of the opener to tie the contest at 1-1. In the bottom of the seventh with CSU trailing 2-1, Biglow reached base on a bunt single to advance the leadoff hitter to second, then scored the game-winning run two batters later for the 3-2 victory. In the nightcap, Biglow led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to spark a six-run rally as the Rams erased a 3-1 deficit and held on for the 7-4 win.

MW rankings
Heading into this weekend's action at Boise State, several Colorado State players have solidified their standing among the Mountain West's best in a number of statistical categories for all games played.
Chelsea Biglow
• The junior third baseman ties for first with four sacrifice flies, ranks tied for fourth in triples (3) and tied for sixth in assists (76).
Alysa Greckel
• The junior first baseman ties for first for with four sacrifice flies, while ranking eighth in putouts (226) and chances (238).
Jaelyn Manzanares
• The freshman catcher remains tied for first with ten other players with a perfect fielding percentage.
Kacie McCarthy
• The senior pitcher leads the team in MW rankings taking second for opposing batting average (.238) and ties for second for number of wins (15). She ranks third for her 2.19 ERA, batters struck out (122) and number of innings pitched (163.1). She also ties for fourth in appearances (28), and starts (21), ranks eighth in terms of games finished (7).
Ashlie Ortega
• The junior shortstop ranks third in slugging percentage (.640), fourth in batting average (.378), fifth in assists (78), sixth in on-base percentage (.465) and is tied for sixth with 31 runs scored.
Emily Pohl
• The junior catcher ties for fourth with eight runners caught stealing. At the plate, Pohl is tied for fourth in the league in ties hit by pitch (7) and is sixth in walks (19).
Shae Rodriguez
• The sophomore centerfielder ranks second with six triples on the season.
Danielle Wikre
• The sophomore designated player and first baseman ties for third with three sacrifice flies, and her six home runs rank tied for seventh on the MW charts.

Rams ranking nationally
The Colorado State softball team enters play this week ranked among the top-100 nationally in four categories, coming in 12th in triples per game (0.33), 86th in double plays per game (0.3), 91st in slugging percentage (.427) and 93rd in scoring (4.83 runs per game).

Individually, three Rams rank among the top-25 nationally in a variety of categories, led by sophomore outfielder Shae Rodriguez who ranks fifth in triples per game (0.16) and seventh in total triples (7). Chelsea Biglow and Alysa Greckel both rank tied for tied for 15th in sacrifice flies (4), and senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy's six shutouts rank 24th in the country.

Consistent Shortstop
Junior shortstop Ashlie Ortega continued her consistent offensive play in the Rams' series win over Fresno State last weekend. She recorded one hit for each game, including a double in Game 2, and one of just two CSU hits in the series finale. Ortega enters play against Boise State with a ten-game hit streak, tied with the Broncos' Devon Bridges for the longest in the Mountain West. Ortega has now reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the league.

Fresh to play
Freshman pitcher Holly Reinke and catcher Jaelyn Manzanares have made a mark for the Rams early in their careers at Colorado State. Reinke has recorded an even 5-5 record for the season, recording a 5.77 ERA while striking out 51 batters over 61.2 innings of work. Manzanares has recorded a perfect fielding percentage with 41 putouts and has caught one runner stealing.

In game two of last weekend's three-game series with Fresno State, Manzanares and Reinke formed the Rams' starting battery. Reinke struck out five batters while allowing four runs on seven hits to earn the victory.

Surveying Boise State
Boise State has posted a 19-23-1 record for the 2013 season along with a 3-6 record in Mountain West play, ranking seventh in the league standings. However, the Broncos are coming off of a 2-1 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs, who are currently tied with the Rams for first in the MW standings. The Broncos' outfielder and first baseman, Devon Bridges, has recorded a .393 batting average over 140 at bats, notching nine doubles, seven home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .621 slugging percentage. Pitcher Rebecca Patton has posted a 3.41 ERA over 123.1 innings of work, striking out 85 batters and allowing 83 runs, 45 walks, and 31 doubles, and 14 home runs. Patton is 10-9 in the circle for the Broncos.

Looking ahead
The Colorado State softball program returns to the diamond May 1, traveling to nearby Greeley, Colo., for an afternoon matchup against the in-state rival Northern Colorado Bears.  The game is a makeup from the teams' snowed-out game on April 17. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT at UNC's Butler-Hancock Softball Field. The Rams will then host a three-game series against San Diego State at Ram Field, May 3-5, the final home series of the 2013 regular season.

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