Softball Preview: North Dakota State, BYU and Utah

Sophomore Lauren Cusick

Sophomore Lauren Cusick

April 25, 2006

Leading Off: The Rams close their 10-game home stand with a double header against North Dakota State on April 26, at 1:30 p.m. MT. They will follow up with two conference double headers against BYU and Utah on the road. This will be the first time in the program's history that the Rams will face the Bison of North Dakota State. Just over a week ago the Rams hosted both Utah and BYU at Ram Field. Colorado State was edged out by the Utah Utes 5-4 in game one, getting a 2-for-3 performance and one RBI from both junior Jessica Strickland and sophomore Julia Kloppe. In game two, Kloppe's two RBI weren't enough as the Rams fell 7-4. The Rams' offense bounced back the following day to post six home runs in two games against BYU, but it was not enough. Senior Tara Harbert had three runs and two RBI in game one, including the first home run of her career and three runs and four RBI in the second game, adding another inside-the-park homer. The Cougars responded with seven home runs of their own to beat the Rams 14-10 and 16-13.

Weekend Wrap-up: The Rams snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 9-2 win in game two against the UNLV Rebels on Saturday. Colorado State opened the weekend with a pair of losses, 6-2 and 4-2, to San Diego State on Friday at Ram Field and the Rams fell in game one to UNLV on Sunday. Senior Tara Harbert led the Rams with a .600 (9-for-15) batting average on the weekend. Harbert also posted a team-leading six runs in four games.

Going, Going, Gone?: Senior Rachelle Padeway recorded the first home run of her career in the Rams game two victory over UNLV on Sunday. Padeway's shot came in the 101st at bat of her career and only her 14th at bat of the season.

Colorado State vs. BYU, Utah: The Rams hold an all-time record of 12-13 against the BYU Cougars and have posted a 34-48 record all-time against Utah. Earlier this season, the Rams were swept at home by both BYU and Utah during a season-long 10-game losing streak. However, Colorado State beat the Utes in their second game of the season, 7-3, at the Hilton Las Cruces Classic on Feb. 10.

Cusick vs. BYU and Utah: Sophomore Lauren Cusick has recorded outstanding batting averages against both BYU and Utah for her career to lead the Rams. Cusick is hitting .667 (12-for-18) in her career versus the Utes and has posted a .538 (7-for-13) average against BYU.

Yori Approaching Milestone: Colorado State Head Coach Mary Yori needs just one more victory to reach 160 for her career at Colorado State, tying Candi Letts (1994-98) as the winningest coach in CSU softball history. Earlier this season, Yori reached another milestone when she earned her 600th career victory. Yori holds a career record of 618-297 (.675).

Klabough's K's: Freshman P Kim Klabough moved into the top-five in single-season strikeouts at Colorado State last Friday versus San Diego State. Klabough has now recorded 116 strikeouts in a team-leading 133 innings pitched, which ranks fifth in school history. Klabough needs 23 more to tie All-American Nikki Johnson (1995-97) for fourth on the list. Johnson also ranks first with an incredible 271 K's during her senior season.

Nationally Ranked: Colorado State ranks nationally in four categories as a team. They are 9th in home runs per game (1.11), 13th in slugging percentage (.499), 15th in batting average (.316) and 30th in scoring (5.26). The Rams have been in the top 30 in batting average the last three seasons. Colorado State is tied with Brigham Young for the MWC lead with four rankings. Senior Tara Harbert ranks seventh in stolen bases per game (.63) and junior Jessica Strickland is ranked 30th in runs per game (.92).

Strickland Moving Up The Charts: Jessica Strickland is now second on the career charts at Colorado State with 43 doubles. All-American Sarah Fredstom ranks first with 51 two-baggers. Strickland also ranks fourth in career home runs with 22 for her career, just ahead of fellow junior Brittany Huerta who has notched 21 career long balls. Strickland also currently ranks first in career batting average (.392) and second in career slugging percentage (.664).

Remarkable Rams: The Rams have posted impressive career stats against conference foes BYU and Utah. Six Rams have recorded batting averages over .300 against BYU and eight against Utah. Junior Jessica Strickland hit a season-high two home runs in a game against Utah earlier this season, tying her career-high. Senior Tara Harbert notched a season-high four RBI in the Rams' loss to BYU on April 15. Freshman P Erica Skeels also made her debut in game two against the Cougars, pitching the first 1.2 innings and striking out four batters.

 

 

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