Colorado State (27-20, 8-13 MW) vs. Fresno State (32-20, 12-8 MW)
Fort Collins, Colo. | Ram Field | May 11-13
Thursday, May 11 | 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Promos: Bark At The Park - Bring your dog and get a free frisbee.
Friday, May 12 | 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Promos: Celebrating 25 years of the movie “A League of Their Own” - Free koozies
Sunday, May 13 | 12 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Promos: Senior Game recognition for Taryn Arcarese and Haley Hutton, free arm sleeves
Colorado State will host Fresno State for its final series of the regular season beginning Thursday at Ram Field.
The three-game series will also be the final one at Ram Field for CSU seniors Taryn Arcarese and Haley Hutton. The middle infield duo will be honored prior to the first pitch of the final game on Saturday.
CSU went a perfect 4-0 at the Ram Classic last weekend to improve to 27-20 on the year, clinching a winning record for the Rams in 2017. CSU owns a 19-7 record against non-conference competition.
Taryn Arcarese has played 177 games at CSU (140 starts), registering a .242 career batting average and 76 runs scored. She has started every game at second base for the Rams in each of the last two seasons.
Haley Hutton has had a record-setting career, owning CSU’s top marks in career batting average .387), runs scored (189) and walks (117). She also ranks in the top five in hits and stolen bases. She’s started all 198 possible games in her CSU career, at second base and shortstop.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
FRESNO STATE (32-20, 12-8 MW) - Fresno State has won each of the last two MW titles, but currently sits fourth in the league standings heading into the final weekend of the season. The Bulldogs have won six games in a row, sweeping both UNLV and New Mexico. Morgan Howe leads the team with a .436 batting average, while Savannah McHellon leads with 10 homers and 44 RBI. Kamalani Dung has been stellar in the circle, posting a 23-12 record in 38 appearances with a 2.08 ERA and 184 strikeouts.
LAST TIME OUT - RAMS SWEEP TEXAS TECH, SOUTH DAKOTA AT RAM CLASSIC
CSU went 4-0 at the Ram Classic last weekend, beating both Texas Tech and South Dakota twice. Bridgette Hutton pitched a pair of complete games, including a shutout of the Coyotes on Sunday. She allowed only one earned run over 13 innings, and the CSU pitchers as a whole combined for a 1.04 ERA. Madison Kilcrease, Amber Nelson and Lauren Buchanan each hit .500 for the week, and Hannah McCorkhill hit .455 with five RBI.
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.
RAMS IN NON-LEAGUE PLAY
CSU holds a 19-7 mark against non-conference competition. This includes a 10-3 record across the team’s three home tournaments at Ram Field. It also includes six wins against teams from the Big Ten or Big 12.
The Rams have 12 shutouts on the season, which is the most the team has had since posting 14 in 2003. Larisa Petakoff and Bridgette Hutton each have four shutouts, while Kaylynn Pierce has added three. 12 of CSU’s 27 wins have come in shutout fashion, equaling 44.4 percent.
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 week just three hits shy of tying the CSU record, and four 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 189 for her career. What’s more, when Hutton scores, CSU is typically successful. The Rams hold an 89-46 (.659) 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 11 this season, which is tied for the team lead. The 5-10 righty also leads the team in RBI (43) and ranks second in slugging (.641).
PETAKOFF’S PITCHING PROWESS
Redshirt junior Larisa Petakoff has had a great season, currently holding the team’s best ERA at 2.24 across 90.2 innings pitched. Her ERA also ranks third in the MW, and would be the best for a CSU pitcher since Jessica Strickland (2.05) in 2005.
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 .496 in 198 games in a CSU uniform. She has a .465 mark in the category in 2017. The Colorado-born product has safely reached base at least once in 182 of her 198 career games, equaling 92 percent of her appearances. She has reached base in 43-of-48 games (90 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.
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.”
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