Softball preview: Rams wrap up regular season on the road

Freshman IF Cassy Mosser went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI in a win against Utah on Friday.

Freshman IF Cassy Mosser went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI in a win against Utah on Friday.

May 10, 2011

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This week…
The Rams will conclude the 2011 regular season with three road games. They will first head to California to take on San Diego State on Thursday at 7 p.m. MT. They will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to face third-place UNLV for two games. The first game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT on Friday, and the Rams will finish the season against the Rebels on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. Saturday’s game will be televised live on The Mtn. (Comcast channel 411, DirecTV 616) . The Mtn. will replay the game on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.

Previously…
CSU continued conference play last week by facing the conference-leading BYU Cougars, who came to Fort Collins on a nine-game winning streak. BYU defeated the Rams, 18-5 in five innings, to extend its streak to 10 games, while the Rams increased their losing streak to 12. The losing streak came to an end on Friday, as the Rams beat Utah, 15-14. The win marked the first since March 26 for the Rams and eighth overall. It was also the Rams’ first conference victory of the season. Freshman Cassy Mosser went 3-for-4 with five RBI, including a two-run home run in the game. Senior Ivory Allen singled in the bottom of the seventh to bring in sophomore Brittany Palish from third and lead the Rams to a walkoff win. On Saturday, the Rams were within three runs of the Utes, but ultimately could not overcome the deficit and lost their final home game of the season, 6-3.

Conference play in 2010…
Last season, the Rams notched a 7-8 record in conference play, helping them to a 29-20 overall record and fourth-place finish in the conference. Of the 15 MWC games on the schedule, the Rams played seven at home, winning four. Between April 17 and May 13, CSU strung together three consecutive conference victories, defeating BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State.

San Diego State…
The Aztecs are currently in fourth place in the conference with a 29-19 record (5-5 MWC). SDSU went 34-16 in 2010 with an 11-4 conference record and finished second, behind BYU. They have previously received votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball national poll, but did not receive any in the most recent release. Their most recent decision was a 13-11 loss to UNLV, the Rams’ opponent on Friday and Saturday. On April 12, freshman Lorena Klopp and junior Bailey Micetich were named MWC Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

UNLV…
The Rebels’ current overall record is 24-18 (6-5 MWC), good for third place in the conference. The Rams have faced UNLV once this season, losing 9-8 in their conference opener. On Tuesday, senior Ashli Holland and junior Kylie Wagner swept the MWC Player and Pitcher of the Week awards. Holland batted .778 in two games against San Diego State with five hits and 13 total bases, both UNLV single-game records. Wagner earned both wins in the same two games. The Rebels finished the 2010 season with a 33-20 overall record. They notched a 10-5 conference record, finishing in third place.

Mountain West rankings...
The Rams are ranked in the top three in two offensive categories: walks (third, 152) and hit by pitch (first, 32). In fielding, the Rams rank first in double plays with 16 (tied with Utah). Individually, freshman Emily Pohl ranks sixth in the conference in home runs with 10 (tied with BYU’s Caschjen Atagi). The catcher has also caught 11 batters stealing and ranks fourth in that category (tied with Utah’s Brooke Olson). Senior Caitlan Stem cracked the top 10 in doubles (13), good for third in the conference (Stem ranked fifth at the time of the last release). She also ranks in assists, coming in at fifth place with 87. Freshman Chelsea Biglow ranks right behind her with 79. On the pitching side, freshman Desiree Laswell leads the conference in both games finished (22) and games in relief (26).

Score some more...
CSU has scored more than 10 runs on four occasions this season, resulting in a 3-1 record. The first win was in a 12-8 victory over Minnesota on Feb. 12. The second high-scoring victory came on Feb. 25 in an 11-3 win over UC Davis. Most recently, the Rams erupted for 15 runs against Utah in a 15-14 decision. The lone loss came against San Diego State, 15-11, on April 9.

When scoring first...
The Rams are 5-9 when scoring first, having collected wins over Northern Colorado (twice), UC Davis, Long Island and Jacksonville. When the opponent scores first, the Rams are 3-31. The wins came against Minnesota, Santa Clara and most recently Utah (May 6).

Strength of schedule…
Six of the Rams’ 2011 opponents are currently ranked or receiving votes in the two national polls. They have faced No. 5/7 Texas, No. 11/12 Stanford, No. 22/20 Kentucky and No. 18/19 Texas A&M, and have lost all of those matchups. Formerly ranked Texas Tech, which defeated the Rams, 17-5, on March 17, received two vote in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Conference rival BYU was placed in the preseason poll at Nos. 16 and 20 and received three votes in the same poll.

Freshman success...
The 10 freshmen on CSU’s 2011 squad continue to make an impact on the Rams’ season, contributing both offensively and in the field. Catcher Emily Pohl leads the team in home runs with 10, good for sixth in the Mountain West Conference. Morghan Doughty and Alysa Greckel rank second on the team with seven home runs each. Pitcher Alexa Cash’s performance against BYU on April 23 was a bright spot in the Rams’ 8-0 loss, as she pitched four innings of two-run, two-hit ball to keep the Rams in the game. In her most recent outing, Cash pitched her fifth complete game of the season, walking two and striking out five in a 6-3 loss to Utah. Pitcher Desiree Laswell earned her second win last Friday against Utah after pitching two innings of relief. Cassy Mosser made just her 13th start of the season on Friday against Utah and went 3-for-4 with five RBI, including a two-run home run. On April 9, Chelsea Biglow, who ranks fifth on the team with five homers, hit a grand slam against MWC rival San Diego State. Biglow also showed strong defense against SDSU; she recorded each putout of the third inning against the Aztecs April 10. A freshman currently leads the team in the categories of batting average (Biglow, .308), on-base percentage (Mosser, .444), runs scored (Doughty, 35), home runs (Pohl, 10), triples (Doughty tied with senior Caitlan Stem, 2), walks (Doughty, 25), hit by pitch (Pohl, 7), stolen bases (Doughty, 7), total plate appearances (Doughty, 167) and games played (Pohl tied with senior Stem and sophomore Brianna Donahue, 48).


 

 

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