Colorado State (23-20)
Texas Tech (17-31)
South Dakota (20-27)
Fort Collins, Colo. | Ram Field | May 6-7
Game 1 - Texas Tech vs. South Dakota
Saturday, May 6 | 10 a.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 2 - CSU vs. Texas Tech
Saturday, May 6 | 12:30 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Promos: Orange Out! - Free color-changing cups
Game 3 - CSU vs. South Dakota
Saturday, May 6 | 3 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 4 - Texas Tech vs. South Dakota
Sunday, May 7 | 9 a.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 5 - CSU vs. Texas Tech
Sunday, May 7 | 11:15 a.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 6 - CSU vs. South Dakota
Sunday, May 7 | 1:30 p.m. MT | Live Stats
The Colorado State Rams will welcome Texas Tech and South Dakota to Fort Collins for the Ram Classic this weekend at Ram Field.
CSU’s first game against Texas Tech on Saturday will serve as the program’s ‘Orange Out’, with color changing orange cups given away to fans.
This tournament is CSU’s third at home this year. The Rams went a perfect 5-0 at the Colorado State Classic, beating Buffalo, Penn State and Idaho State over the weekend with four shutouts. CSU then went 1-3 at the Colorado State Classic II, including a pair of losses to No. 25 Wisconsin.
The Ram Classic is CSU’s second-to-last weekend of play in 2017. CSU will host reigning MW champion Fresno State May 11-13 at Ram Field to finish the season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
TEXAS TECH (17-31, 4-14 BIG 12) - Texas Tech enters the weekend after dropping both games in a Wednesday doubleheader against UTSA. The Red Raiders are on an 11-game losing streak and hold a 4-12 record in road contests. Texas Tech does have a positive 9-5 mark in neutral site games. Kierra Miles leads the team with a .322 batting average, while Raina O’Neal has a team-high 12 homers. Kassidy Scott has made the most appearances in the circle for the team, owning a 9-20 record in 40 outings with a 4.16 ERA.
SOUTH DAKOTA (20-27, 10-8 SUMMIT) - South Dakota is fourth in the Summit with a 10-8 league record. USD is 8-11 on the road and 7-12 in neutral site games this season. The Coyotes are 10-19 against non-conference competition. Jessica Rogers leads the Coyotes with a .346 batting average, while Ally Wiegand has the team’s top ERA at 3.79 with a 5-7 record in 14 appearances. Rachel Cue has made the most starts in the circle, owning a 10-8 record in 31 total outings (20 starts).
LAST TIME OUT - RAMS LOSE HEARTBREAKERS AT NEVADA
CSU played four games’ worth of innings over three contests in Reno last weekend, losing the three games by a total of three runs. The Rams and Wolf Pack played a 14-inning affair on Saturday, with Nevada winning 8-7 after the Rams took the lead twice in overtime. Nevada also picked up a walk off win on Sunday, scoring twice in the final frame to rally from a one-run defecit. Hannah McCorkhill homered twice in the series, bringing her season total to 10.
RAMS IN MW PLAY
CSU is now 8-13 in league play owning 2-1 series wins over San Diego State and San Jose State this season. Unsurprisingly, three-time all-conference shortstop Haley Hutton has been a standout in league action, toting a .395/.477/.474 slash line with 30 hits and 29 runs scored in 21 games. Hannah McCorkhill has a team-leading five homers against MW foes, and is tied with Lauren Buchanan with 17 RBI.
HUTTON CHASING MORE HISTORY
Haley Hutton already owns the CSU records for runs scored and career batting average, and the Platteville, Colo., native is chasing another historic mark - hits. Hutton enters the weekend just six hits shy of tying the CSU record, and seven away from having more hits than any player in program history.
HUTTON SETS RUNS RECORD, CONTRIBUTES TO WINS
Senior shortstop Haley Hutton set the all-time runs scored record at CSU over the Rams’ series against San Diego State in late March, and now has 188 for her career. What’s more, when Hutton scores, CSU is typically successful. The Rams hold an 88-46 (.657) record over her career when she’s scored at least once, and a 35-11 mark when Hutton has crossed home plate at least twice.
MCCORKHILL SHOWCASING POWER
Junior Hannah McCorkhill has started every game at first base for the Rams in 2017, and has shown significant pop at the plate. McCorkhill entered her third season with three career homers, but has exploded for 10 this season, which is tied for the team lead. The 5-10 righty also leads the team in RBI (38) and ranks second in slugging (.627).
PETAKOFF’S PITCHING PROWESS
Redshirt junior Larisa Petakoff has had a great season, currently holding the team’s best ERA at 2.40 across 81.2 innings pitched. Her ERA also ranks fourth in the MW, and would be the best for a CSU pitcher since Kacie McCarthy (2.32) in 2013.
PUTTING ZEROES ON THE BOARD
The Rams won nine of 10 games between Feb. 17-March 8. They also had a stretch of five shutout victories in a six-win period for the first time since 2006. Four of CSU’s five wins at its Colorado State Classic I were in shutout fashion, leading to a minimal 1.09 team ERA. Pierce, Petakoff and Bridgette Hutton each had at least one shutout at the Colorado State Classic I.
GAMBOA HEATING UP AT THE HOT CORNER
Freshman Corina Gamboa has established herself as a threat at third base. Gamboa posted 8 RBI in her first nine MW games, with three doubles. The Chino, Calif., native had 4 RBI during a 3-for-4 outing against San Diego State on March 26, leading the Rams to the series-clinching victory. The rookie hit her first collegiate home run at Nevada on April 30.
INCREDIBLE CONSISTENCY FROM HUTTON
Senior shortstop Haley Hutton has made getting on base a habit during her career, holding an on base percentage of .501 in 194 games in a CSU uniform. She has a .486 mark in the category in 2017. The Colorado-born product has safely reached base at least once in 179 of her 194 career games, equaling 92 percent of her appearances. She has reached base in 40-of-44 games (93 percent) this season.
PITCHERS DOMINATE IN LAS VEGAS
CSU’s pitching staff was stellar at the DeMarini Desert Classic (Feb. 17-19), combining for a lowly 1.30 team ERA. The trio of Kaylynn Pierce, Larisa Petakoff and Bridgette Hutton allowed only five earned runs over 27 innings pitched. Opposing batters only hit .160 against the group and drew only five walks. Pierce was particularly effective in her start against Weber State, throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout.
HUTTON LEAVING A LEGACY
Senior Haley Hutton, a three-time All-MW honoree and shortstop extraordinaire, has already left her mark on the CSU record books. She is currently the all-time career batting average leader (.391), and holds two of the top five single-season marks in school history, including her .411 average in 2016, which ranks fourth. She also set the career bases on balls record last season, and now has 117 in her career, making her the first player in program history with 100-plus walks. Hutton broke the career runs scored record on March 26 vs. SDSU, and now has 188 for her career. Hutton is now fourth in steals (48). She ranks second in total hits (246), and needs just six to tie the all-time record currently held by Sarah Fredstrom, who had 252 between 1995-98.
SENIOR LEADERS IN THE MIDDLE
CSU’s two seniors will hope to lead the team from their middle infield positions. Haley Hutton (shortstop) and Taryn Arcarese (second base), both Colorado natives, will give the Rams one of the best middle infield duos in the conference. The pair combined for 48 RBI and 100 hits last season, and both ranked in the top 10 in the MW in defensive assists. “They have been crucial to us for three years,” head coach Jen Fisher said about the duo. “They are crucial to us in the way they play, but they are so much more to us than their arm or their range. They are competitors and they want to win. It is so neat to see them work together and be great friends like they are. They have incredible instincts and competitiveness, and they are coachable. Their attitudes are great. As good of players as they are they are even better people. It is exciting to be going into this season with those two.”
CSU will host Fresno State, May 11-13, at Ram Field. The home series against the reigning league champs will finish the Rams’ regular season.
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