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CSU softball preview: New Mexico

April 30, 2009

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Game 47: Colorado State at New Mexico
May 2, 2009 | Albuquerque, N.M. | 4 p.m. MT (The Mtn.)

On The Road Again…
Colorado State travels south to Albuquerque N.M., this weekend for a single game against conference foe New Mexico. The Rams and Lobos are scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. MDT for a live televised game on The Mtn. 

Final Homestand...
Colorado State hosted its final home series this past weekend against UNLV and San Diego State. The Rams and Rebels met on Friday, with UNLV grabbing the come-from-behind victory after a two-out grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to earn the 7-6 win. Colorado State split its home series against San Diego State, dropping the 11-5 decision on Satruday, but rebounding on Sunday for a 7-4 victory on Senior Day.     
The Rams on The Mtn.…
The Colorado State vs. New Mexico game this weekend will be televised live on The Mtn. Former U.S. Olympian and Colorado State softball coach Teri Goldberg will provide expert analysis along with play-by-play announcer Ann Marie Anderson.  Holly Schmillen, a standout for Colorado State at shortstop from 1998-2001 and two-time recipient of all-MWC honors (‘00,  ‘01) will be in The Mtn. studios before and after the game for the Pregame Live and Post Game Live shows.

Senior Day…
Seniors Shannon Causgrove, Kim Klabough and Michelle Reynolds played their final game at Ram Field on Sunday. The three seniors were each honored in a pregame ceremony to commemorate their stellar careers at Colorado State.

About New Mexico…
The Lobos are 11-33 overall and 2-9 in conference play heading into this weekend’s matchup with Colorado State. New Mexico is led by Samantha Hughes at the plate with a .393 average with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 28 RBI. In the circle, the Lobos are led by Analise Rubalcava, who has recorded a 5.66 ERA in 122.1 innings pitched this season. Head Coach Mary Yori is 25-10 against New Mexico in her nine seasons at Colorado State.  The Rams have won three straight in the series.  From 2003-06, CSU won 15 straight in the series.  CSU’s seniors Kim Klabough and Shannon Causgrove are 9-5 in their careers vs. New Mexico. 

A League of Her Own...
Colorado State Head Coach Mary Yori earned her 700th career victory against New Mexico on April 19th in Fort Collins, Colo. 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 244-218, 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. 

Score Some More...
Sophomore shortstop Caitlan Stem has scored a team-best 39 runs on the season and needs just 10 more to break into the Rams’ single-season top-five record book.  Former all-MWC performer Tara Harbert currently ranks fifth with 48 runs scored in 2006.

The .300 Club...
Four Ram batters have recorded a .300 batting average or better through 46 games this season. Sophomore Caitlan Stem leads the squad with a .373 (57-for-153) average at the plate. Freshmen Christine Thomsen and Jenna Krogh follow Stem with a .365 (46-for-126) and .350 (49-for-140) average, respectively. Junior Allison Majam ranks fourth on the team with a .315 average (35-for-111).

Freshman Jenna Krogh is currently in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak and is the only Rams batter to record a hit in every conference game this season. Krogh is batting a team-leading .529 (18-for-34) in conference play with 18 singles and 13 of those 18 have been infield hits. Krogh is currently tied with San Diego State’s Tonye McCorkle for the longest hitting streak in the conference. 

Fresh Faces...
Colorado State has relied heavily on production from a number of freshmen this season including first baseman Christine Thomsen and center fielder Jenna Krogh who have started 42 and 45 games, respectively.  Thomsen leads the Rams with a season batting average of .370, including .423 mark against MWC opponents.  Krogh leads Colorado State with a .529 batting average in MWC play and extended her team season-high 13-game hitting streak over.  Thomsen ranks first on the team with eight multiple-RBI games. 

Helping her Cause...
Senior catcher Shannon Causgrove has made the most of her senior season at Colorado State. She has started eight straight games behind the plate for the Rams and during that stretch she is hitting .381 with a .552 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .571. She has recorded two doubles and a triple during those eight games while tallying five RBI.



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