The Colorado State softball team, seeded second in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, defeated third-seeded BYU, 4-3, in the Rams first game of the tournament. The Rams move to 35-13 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 34-16.
The Rams rallied early, scoring one run in the top of the first inning when sophomore Brittany Burtner singled home senior Jennifer Mahoney. BYU came back in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead when Brooke Cadiente hit a homerun over the leftfield wall. The game would remain scoreless until the fifth inning when the Cougars would score one to take the 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rams would explode for three runs on four hits. Sophomore Co-Player of the Year Steph Roberts started the inning off with a single and then sophomore Kerry Farrell moved Roberts over to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Junior Ricki Walker then hit a double up the middle to score Roberts. Freshman Melanie Laffoon then hit her second career homerun over the right field wall to give CSU the 4-3 advantage.
Colorado State scored all four of its runs with two outs in the game. This is the first time sine 2000 the Rams have won their first-round game at the tournament. Last season the Rams dropped a 5-1 decision to UNLV to open the tournament and in 2001 the Rams dropped a 2-0 decision to New Mexico to begin the championships. During the inaugural tournament in 2000, the Rams defeated BYU 3-0.
Walker, Laffoon and Burtner all were two-for-three from the plate in the game, while Roberts was two-for-four. Junior pitcher Megan Masser picked up the win for the Rams to move to her 18-5 on the year, while Brooke Boyce took the loss for BYU.
Colorado State will play at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. UNLV will face the loser of the #1 San Diego State/#5 New Mexico game at 9:00 a.m. and the winner of that contest will face the Rams.