Mountain West Tournament Preview




This Week: The Rams will play host to the Mountain West Conference Tournament May 13-15 at Ram Field. The Rams are the No. 1 seed, earning a first-round bye. They will await the winner of the game between No. 4 Utah and No. 5 UNLV, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The Rams will then face the winner of that game at 4:30 p.m.

Wrapping-up New Mexico: Colorado State took four straight games from New Mexico last weekend in Fort Collins by scores of 2-1 and 3-2 on Saturday, followed by 8-0 and 6-4 victories on Sunday. The four victories, coupled with three San Diego State losses in the final week of the season, earned the Rams their first Mountain West Conference Championship. The Rams finished the season with a 40-13 overall record and a 16-4 conference mark.

Rams Above .500: Colorado State?s 8-0 win over New Mexico on Sunday afternoon not only gave the team it?s first Mountain West Conference Championship in school history, but also put the Rams above .500 in Mountain West Conference play for the first time under head coach Mary Yori. The Rams are now 40-38 in four seasons under Yori in conference play.

Nationally Ranked Rams: Heading into the Mountain West Conference Tournament, five Rams appear in national statistical rankings. Freshman pitcher Jessica Strickland holds the highest spot, ranking fourth in the nation with seven saves this season. Junior Kerry Farrell and senior Ricki Walker rank 12th and 13th with 0.35 and 0.34 doubles per game, respectively. Walker is the only Ram ranked twice, holding the 31st batting average in the country with a .406. Freshman Brittany Huerta, who holds the Colorado State single season home run record with 14, ranks 24th in the country hitting 0.24 home runs per game. Junior Stephanie Roberts, who leads the team with 46 runs scored, ranks 30th with 0.87 runs per game. As a team the Rams also rank in the top-20 in four different categories, including two top-five rankings. The team ranks fourth in the country in both batting average (0.333) and fielding percentage (.978). Both the Rams? batting average and fielding percentage rank at the top of the Colorado State record books. Colorado State?s .755 winning percentage ranks 15th in the country, second in school history, and the team ranks 18th in the country scoring 5.19 runs per game.

Rewriting The Record Books: Heading into MWC Tournament play, the Rams rank in the top-five in school history in 12 different categories. The team ranks first in team batting average (.330), slugging percentage (.528) and are tied for the lead in fielding percentage with the 2003 squad (.975). This season?s team also shattered the team marks for doubles (96) and home runs (58) eclipsing the old marks of 69 and 26, respectively. This season the Rams rank second in runs scored (275), hits (476), RBI (258), wins (40) and winning percentage (.755), while the pitching staff?s 279 strikeouts and 350.2 innings pitched rank third all time.

?Ricki Ballgame?: Senior first baseman Ricki Walker capped her final regular season appearance as a Ram hitting .500 (6-for-12) in the Rams? four-game sweep of New Mexico to keep her season average above .400; it now stands at .406.

Huerta?s Homers: Freshman Brittany Huerta extended her hold on the single season home run record hitting her 14th long ball of the season in the Rams? 6-4 game two victory over New Mexico on Sunday, May 9.

Yori Reaches Century Mark: Fourth-year head coach Mary Yori became only the second coach in Colorado State softball history to reach 100 wins, notching her 100th victory in the Rams? 6-2 game one victory over Utah on April 30. Yori, who has a career winning percentage of .688 (565-256), now stands at 106-98 at CSU.

You Can Only Hope To Contain Us: Through 53 games this season, no team has been able to hold Colorado State scoreless. The Rams have not been shut out since March 28, 2003, a 1-0 loss to UNLV. That is a streak of 79 games. Over that same stretch Colorado State has shut out 14 opponents, including Utah, New Mexico and San Diego State during 2003 MWC play. The Rams also recorded their ninth shutout of 2004, an 8-0 victory over New Mexico on Sunday, May 9 to clinch the conference title.

MWC Tournament History: Since joining the Mountain West Conference the Rams have compiled a record of 7-6 in conference tournament games. In 2000, the Rams went 2-2 as the No. 4 seed, followed by an 0-2 showing with the No. 6 seed in 2001, Mary Yori?s first season. In 2002 the Rams compiled a 2-2 record as the No. 6 seed and finished in third place. Last season, the Rams came into the tournament as the No. 2 seed, winning the Championship with a 3-0 record.

Leading-0ff: Junior second baseman Stephanie Roberts has hit in the lead off spot every game, for the second straight season at Colorado State. This season, Roberts is hitting .418 from the No. 1 spot, 56 points higher than her total .362 batting average. When reaching base to lead-off a game, Roberts has scored 21 times, or 75 percent. The Rams, as a team, are 28-4 on the season when scoring in the first inning. Roberts has also led off four-games this season with a home run, including the Rams? 15-0 win over UNLV. Overall, the Rams are 27-5 this season when Roberts has scored a run in the game.

Clutch-Hitting Catcher: With runners on base and two outs junior catcher Kerry Farrell is hitting .556 with 15 RBI, two home runs and an .889 slugging percentage. But wait, there?s more! With runners in scoring position and two outs, Farrell improved on both her batting average (.611) and slugging percentage (.944).

Spreading The Love: This season, three Colorado State pitchers have compiled double digits in the win column including senior Megan Masser (12-4), sophomore Genevieve Kelly (11-2), and freshman Jessica Strickland (11-4), marking the first time in school history that three pitchers have had more than 10 wins in a single season.

 

 

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