Gov’t Mule / O.A.R. 4/29/03 concert review

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Gabriel Dance

Did you feel the vibe at the Gov’t Mule / O.A.R. (pronounced O-A-R) concert Tuesday night?

How about when Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule was tearing through riffs while Matt Abts sounded absolutely intent on destroying his drum set with a barrage of intense rhythm?

If not then what about when Abts followed his rhythmic assault up with an intense drum solo while only he was on the stage with the entire crowd cheering and whistling, enamored by his intensity and skill?

You had to feel the vibe by that point . . .

How about when the entire crowd rose to give a standing ovation as O.A.R. took the stage to perform? Or when Marc Roberge and Richard On played Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” as an acoustic performance?

Yeah, now you’re starting to feel the vibe.

The cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” almost brought the house down, and when the band left the stage without performing their signature song you knew we were in for something special. Sure enough, after about five minutes of intense applause, shouts, and whistles the band returned to the stage and after a brief intro launched into “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.” With more than half of the crowd joining him, Roberge soared through the lyrics highlighted by a brief flirtation with The Police song “So Lonely” and Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry,” effectively closing out the night.

The concert was impressive in many aspects. Being fortunate enough to have headliners such as Gov’t Mule was underscored by Roberge’s comment that “there are some points in a career that are highlights, and we feel that playing with Gov’t Mule is definitely one of them.”

The vibe was righteous. With a mix of people not seen often on CSU’s campus the same vibe was coming from the older man with a four-inch Mohawk in the front row to the fraternity brothers filling the bleachers and on to the dread headed music lovers dancing like contortionists in slow motion. Everyone was feeling the music and the atmosphere.

Roberge quoted a wise man at one point during the show, “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

I think everybody was feeling pretty good Tuesday night.

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At Least This Movie Has “Confidence”

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Eric Todd Patton

Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman are together for the first time in “Confidence,” a continually twisting caper about grifters looking for that big score that will allow an early retirement.

“Confidence” begins with a scam, with Burns (“She’s The One”), Paul Giamatti (“Man on the Moon”) and Brain Van Holt (“Basic”) swindling a young businessman out of $150,000.

In the spirit of similar scripts, such as David Mamet’s “Heist” and last years DeNiro film “The Score,” there needs to be a twist at the beginning that traps these stylish grifters. So it is revealed that the businessman whose money they took is an accountant for the mafia boss, The King, played by Hoffman (“Rain Man”).

Now in debt to The King for over one hundred grand, Jake Vig (Burns) must help The King accomplish a grift with an enormous payoff; $5,000,000.

Told in a unique little style, I think it hurt the film more than it helped. Many aspects could not work without narrative approach, yet it always pulled us out of the game at all the wrong moments, reminding us where the movie will end.

In this giant mess of con artists and pickpockets, the money seems to be up for grabs and nobody knows if they are the conned or the artist. With an ending that ties it all together, this dynamic cast takes a sub-par script and delivers it with enthusiastic confidence.

Although there are some moments of tension, although there is a fresh blend of comedy and intrigue, it takes too long to develop. It begins strong, setting up the characters and letting the audience in on the special situation surrounding Vig and his cons. Then, the pacing falls behind.

The character Gunther Butan, played by Andy Garcia, is not introduced until halfway through the movie, and yet he is a key player in the success or failure of Vig’s latest dirty venture. This is too late to introduce such an important character, which throws off the flow of the movie.

Hoffman’s character is unlike I have seen Hoffman. He is dirty, vile, perverted and a simply slow-witted man. Not Rain Man slow, but stupid criminal slow. Hoffman did a perfect job delivering exactly what was required of him.

Luis Guzman makes an appearance as an inept corrupt cop; giving this experience much needed comic relief. I most often hate those little love stories that writers feel the need to include in crime caper films, but Rachel Weisz and Burns seemed to “dance” together on the screen, making it tough to hate.

All in all, there were some script problems, but it had confidence. The cast took the holes in the screenplay and brushed past them with such determination you can hardly notice. It is still enjoyable and worth your time.

Starring; Ed Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzman and Paul Giamatti

Directed By; James Foley

What You Need To Know; A confident cast brushes over the holes in the otherwise weak script.

FINAL GRADE; B-

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Cusack’s Surprising “Identity.”

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Eric Todd Patton

With an ever-increasing number of scary movies being released, each one tries to top the next with frightening images and intelligent twists. The problem with classifying a movie as “a scary movie” is that there are some movies that make you jump (“House On Haunted Hill”) and others that are eerie (“The Sixth Sense”), yet I only consider the former to be “a scary movie.”

The new John Cusack film, “Identity,” is the latter. This is an eerie, creepy film with moments of cheap physical scares, but most of all it lies in the psychological realm of our fears.

“Identity” begins almost like a surrealist piece loaded with extended metaphor and meaningful imagery, where a rainstorm that has flooded the roads in all directions traps a group of strangers, leaving a secluded motel the only place of refuge.

When a washed-up actress, played by Rebecca DeMornay, goes missing and a prisoner, played by Jake Busey, escapes, the stage is set for this bloody thriller. One by one the guests of the motel are killed and suspicions rise as each person points the finger at the other.

Once bodies go missing the strangers are forced to figure out why they have been thrown together, which ignites the burners on a fast paced and twisting plot as they search for their own identity.

“Identity” is more intelligent and surprising than “The Sixth Sense.” Screenwriters James Mangold and Michael Cooney have masterfully created one of the most stylish thrillers to be seen in American cinema.

This is the performance of Pruitt Taylor Vince’s (“Simone”) career. If you did not know this Vince before, you will now. His brief and powerful role in “Identity” proves he is one of the more talented supporting actors in Hollywood.

Does Cusack ever let us down? He takes this difficult script and controls it, holding on and setting the pace for the entire cast. In watching the film, it does not seem like he does anything “above and beyond,” but the lead of this film could have easily let the script get away from him.

John C. McGinley (“Office Space”), a veteran supporting actor now seen on T.V’s “Scrubs,” took his small role and made it his own. This man is incredible because as he plays role after role he continues to make deliberate character choices that make him almost unrecognizable from movie to movie.

I wish I could tell you more. I wish I could give an analysis of everything that happened and how incredible it was that the director (Mangold) pulled off the twisting end. But I cannot, for it will give away too much. You should go into this film knowing nothing more than what I have told you, otherwise its atmosphere will be ruined.

I can say this; go see it. Do not expect a scary movie like “The Ring,” as you may have heard from the television previews. This is suspenseful and tense. Besides some casting errors (like Rebecca DeMornay and Clea DuVall) and small character complications early on, this is what all thrillers should aspire to become.

Starring; John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John C. McGinley, Jake Busy and Pruitt Taylor Vince.

Directed By; James Mangold

What You Need To Know; More intelligent and masterfully written than “The Sixth Sense.”

FINAL GRADE; A

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Vote early and vote often

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Becky Waddingham

Breaking news: Politics is all about power and money.

It’s no surprise, then, that there are reports of the New Hampshire Primary being held as early as the second week in January. Nothing like 11 straight months of name-calling, mudslinging and fundraising to get the American people excited about an election.

Having primaries so early does nothing to help the public learn more about candidates. It only serves to destroy political opponents – and potentially great candidates – so early on that the party’s nominee is assured long before the nominating convention. This gives the victor plenty of time to raise ridiculous amounts of money. Like President Bush did.

But I digress.

Since the campaign has already started, I thought it wise to give assistance to Democrats who might not know how to choose between the likes of Al Sharpton, Dick Gephardt, John Kerry and Howard Dean. Say what you will; it’s not an easy pick.

So here’s my final piece of left-wing, liberal political advice before I depart this dear university:

1. Vote early; vote often.

To steal a campaign slogan from probable Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, “vote, baby, vote!”

According to C-SPAN, a pretty good authority on the subject, only 51 percent of Americans voted in the 2000 presidential election. And look what happened, especially in Florida. Every vote counts!

2. Vote for Democrats.

Though they have their problems, especially with message management and public perception, Democrats are the party that should lead this country in the 21st Century. Democrats are compassionate and wise leaders who don’t ignore everyone else’s viewpoint. They understand the value of bodies like the United Nations and are not afraid to disagree with other Americans, or the French (most of them, anyway).

Democrats don’t see things in black and white, right and wrong, good vs. evil, Us vs. Them. They understand a broader spectrum of ideas and desires; they do this by virtue of their liberalism, which teaches inclusion and fair debate.

Furthermore, Democratic presidents have historically run our country better than anyone else. Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and yes, Bill Clinton, were better than any Republican President in history. So there.

3. Vote for John Kerry or Howard Dean in the presidential primaries, not John Edwards.

Kerry and Dean are experienced politicians who deeply understand the needs of Americans regarding social issues, something that has gone by the wayside in the Neo-McCarthyistic, post-9/11 world. Edwards, though bright, likeable and well-intentioned, is Bill Clinton with greater marital fidelity. He won’t win, so voting for him would be like voting for Ralph Nader: pointless, stupid and detrimental to Democrats.

I’ve already endorsed Kerry, a Vietnam hero who understands not only the struggles and challenges of America’s military, but also the value, importance and right of citizens to disagree with military action. Kerry returned from Vietnam in 1969 and became an outspoken opponent of the conflict that earned him Bronze and Silver Stars and a Purple Heart.

He has plenty of money to run for the highest office in the land, and the nomination may be his to lose.

But don’t ignore Howard Dean, the governor of Vermont, a well-educated and very liberal doctor. Like Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Dean has a special perspective on things like stem cell research; health care; prescription drugs and Medicare; and the right of patients to sue health maintenance organizations for lack of coverage. While he may not be as well-known as Kerry, Dean is a force to be reckoned with.

4. Never be afraid to disagree with the mainstream.

A wise man recently reminded me that “the first casualty of war is the truth.” This has never been truer.

If CSU students take away one thing from their education at a liberal arts university, it should be that dissent is healthy, necessary and acceptable. Never shut up just because someone didn’t like what you said.

Becky would like to give a shout out to the Buffalo Bills, simply because she can. Go Bills.

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Senioritis: Are we there yet?

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Andrew Whelan

8:00- My alarm goes off. I hit the snooze bar.

10:20- Thirteen “snooze bars” later, I wake to the realization that I have missed a class. Hurriedly, I jump in the shower. I jump out the shower. I get dressed, and I jump in my car.

10:32- I spend 32 minutes trying to park on campus. I thought I had a spot, but some car with a “peace” sticker cut me off and took it. Peace?

11:04-I finally find a spot two blocks away from campus. I am only four minutes late for class, but I have a 20 minute walk.

11:25- I arrive to class a healthy 25 minutes late. I walk past the professor’s evil stare and try to quietly nestle into a chair. I see the disappointed looks of all my classmates. I know that all of you have been late before -what right do you have to judge my lack of punctuality?

11:27- Another student walks into class late. I don my most disapproving frown and give him “the” look -you know, the “I am judging you” look. I feel much better about myself, now.

11:59- I start rustling all my papers and continually zipping and unzipping my backpack. I am trying to casually tell the professor I am ready to leave. I just wish that I could get some food.

12:01- Class is out. I quickly jut past the moving herd. I am the first to hit the doors. Do I hold the door open as I pass through? No way, I go to CSU. The door slams in the face of the poor sap behind me.

12:03- I start to cross the Plaza with the student center in my crosshairs. About 30 feet ahead of me, I see two people with clipboards-Green Peace representatives. I drop my head and pray that they don’t talk to me.

12:05- I explain to the guy from Green Peace that I agree with what he stands for, but I would rather spend $5 on beer than save some rainforest thing.

12:10- I stand with the rest of the free world-in line for cup a coffee. I thought I was hungry, but it is amazing what being poor will do to your stomach. I am calmed by thoughts of having a “real” job and “real” money. Ha …there are no jobs.

12:28- I get my cup of coffee. It isn’t what I ordered, but telling these people that they’re wrong is like telling Tony Soprano that he’s fat.

12:35- I speed back across the Plaza en route to the library. Again, I spot Green Peace. And GreenPeace spots me.

12:42- I finally detach the GreenPeace parasite. GreenPeace should only hire people with exceptional memories. Next time I get solicited twice in one hour, I’m going to play “tuna hunter” and make the representative play “dolphin.”

12:45- I enter the library. I scour three levels for an open chair-special thanks to all the people who are using chairs to prop their feet on. I find a nice, quiet nook.

12:58- A digitized version of 50-Cent’s played-out hit-single radiates from a couple feet away. The girl next to me calmly pulls her loud-ass cell phone out of her bag and proceeds to have a 45-minute conversation about some guy that found out he has crabs.

2:03- It is time for my last class of the day. I exit the library and see an old “friend” about 20 paces away. Really, this is a guy that I don’t want to talk to. I quickly pull out my cell phone and pretend to be having a serious conversation. “I paid my damn bill,” I say, as I pass “the guy.” I point at my phone and shake my head. Disaster averted-no conversation.

2:10- I start class by pretending to listen to the lecture. Then, I zone out. I daydream about nothing at all.

2:46- I listen to a couple words the professor says-something about the Baroque period. I quickly zone out, again. “There’s nothing wrong with moving back in with your parents,” I tell myself. Could I possibly mean that?

3:00- Class is over, and so is one of the last days on campus for a CSU student.

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Hype passes off as news

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Paul Franco

Hype is what passes as news these days. “On tonight’s news, plastic bags, if tied over your head in the proper manner, may cause suffocation and even death. Tune in at 10 o’ clock to see the new terror in your local grocery store. The stories you want, and when you want them!”

It’s easy to sensationalize certain small insignificant stories and pass them off as news. “Hear the latest sound bites from more stupid celebrities talking about their displeasure with the current administration’s actions and our scathing analysis. Tune in tonight to the frontrunner in liberal-celebrity-bashing news!”

It’s also easy to report on a story before any conclusive evidence concerning the story comes in. “Tonight at 10, tune in and see what may lend even more justification to our engaging war with Iraq. American forces have discovered chemical materials that are most likely fertilizer but it could also be material for weapons of mass destruction. The news, now with 150% more flags than our rival; your source for the most patriotic news!”

Many news channels purport to be fair, balanced and unbiased. I can say the same thing about my column, but that certainly doesn’t make it true. I fail to see the unbiasedness in plastering the screen with American flags when we are at war with another country.

I fail to see the balanced reporting when much of the time news is given to insignificant comments by the most marginal celebrity about the current administration and knocking them as not knowing what they are talking about. Of course most of them don’t know what they are talking about. How about the news channels focus on comments made by people who do know what we are talking about and critically analyze those?

The answer, of course, lies in ratings. The big ratings aren’t in putting knowledgeable, intelligent people on the screen, but quoting the most banal celebrity out there. The ratings aren’t in keeping the screen free of American flags, but you can do so if you want to be charged as unpatriotic and part of the liberal media conspiracy. I would like to know when the rules for good news reporting involved being patriotic.

It doesn’t appear news reporting has been about as Joe Friday would say “Just the facts, ma’am,” for quite a while now. The knock on the news for quite a while has been that the media is too liberal: they’ll report Republican scandals but not Democratic ones; they’ll interview Sadaam or grant interviews to Iraqi state-run television; they’re terrorist apologists, etc.

The trend in news, however, has actually changed directions and now the news is becoming increasingly conservative. Fox News, which proudly declares itself as “America’s choice for news,” is the ratings giant of the three cable news channels. Out of the three cable news channels, they are definitely the most conservative and most vocal supporters of the war in Iraq, along with having the highest American flag quotient.

They give us the news that really matters: the news we want to hear, and post 9-11, what we really want to hear has become more conservative than in the past. MSNBC has begun to slowly follow in the footsteps that are the ratings giant of Fox News. They even have an “O’Reilly Factor” clone called “Scarborough Country.” I guess what the public wants is the same content on the news channels.

Is reporting giving the public what we want to hear or something else? Is the news supposed to cater to a certain demographic (liberal, conservative, moderate) or is it supposed to span demographics? Does the news have to wear on its shoulder the mantle of patriotism?

The answers to these questions are, in order: it appears as if reporting is giving the public what they want to hear, news must now cater to the conservative demographic and yes. Why these answers? Ratings.

It would have been a ratings disaster to take a minute to stop showing the towers falling to examine why someone might have committed such an action (this in no way had to involve a justification) or the prevailing opinion of the U.S. around the world.

It would also not have been conducive to ratings to wait until we were actually at war with Iraq before putting crosshair graphics over a map of Iraq and naming the lead story “Target: Iraq.” Sometimes I think the news channels were at war even before the country was. Would it have been too much to ask to take time away from celebrity quotes and give it a closer examination of the various positions taken across the globe towards the war in Iraq? Apparently, yes.

After reading this article, I predict people will think I wouldn’t be writing about this trend in news had the trend been one towards liberal ideas rather than conservative ideas. Perhaps this is a fair criticism. I still maintain that too often fair, unbalanced and unbiased news reporting that covers all the bases and keeps American flags off the screen earns the label of being un-American and un-patriotic.

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Hats off to Mo Cheeks

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Jason Graziadei

If I were a betting man, I’d bet you missed the best moment from the sports world over the weekend. It wasn’t Kevin Millwood’s no-hitter or Paul Pierce’s performance against the Pacers.

In fact, it wasn’t even performed by an athlete.

It was an act of kindness by a guy named Maurice Cheeks, believe it or not, and it may have been the most compassionate moment in recent sports history.

For those of you who missed out, it happened before the tip-off of the Portland Blazers-Dallas Mavericks playoff game. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gilbert, the winner of a Portland-area contest in which the winner got to sing the National Anthem before the game, stepped up in front of a packed arena to begin “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

She began flawlessly and appeared to be a great choice to sing the anthem. But then, judging from the look on her face, the world came crashing down around her.

She forgot the words.

As she stood trying to regain her composure and remember the elusive lyrics, the crowd began to bubble over with jeers and laughter. She looked as if she was about to lose it. And just when it looked like the moment was about to get too uncomfortable, the head coach of the Blazers calmly walked over to Gilbert, put his arm around her and began to lead her through the song.

Mo Cheeks, a former NBA player and candidate for Coach of the Year, stood by her for every last word until the song was finished. When they were done, Gilbert looked up at him and nobody had to ask what she said.

“Thank you.”

Talk about a breath of fresh air. I hadn’t known a lot about Cheeks before this weekend, but now everyone knows he is a class act. How many people could actually say they would do the same thing if they were in Cheeks’ place?

While the fans and players chuckled, Cheeks took it upon himself to come to the rescue of this girl. I know I wouldn’t have had the courage to do that. Most people don’t.

But watching the scene just made you feel good all over, and happy that there are people out there like Mo Cheeks.

It’s a shame we don’t see more of this type of act in a league that has become known for its thug mentality, with players fathering children out of wedlock, doing drugs and getting shot at.

Cheeks is the antithesis to everything I hate about the NBA. It is even more ironic that he is the coach of a team that has had the most legal problems in the entire NBA! He’s lucky if he gets all his players sober by game time.

It’s too bad a little Mo doesn’t rub off on them.

Jason is a senior journalism major.

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Indie comes to Fort Collins

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Troy Briggs

In the first article of this year I wrote, I described

the various opportunities for all of us movie maniacs

to see something off of the beaten path. A few weeks

ago there was an amazing development in the world of

the indie movies in Fort Collins. Carmike 10 has

given indies a chance and will be showing a few indies

every week.

One of the jewels of the current list is

The Quiet American, staring Michael Caine as a British

journalist in French Indochina (in the days right

before it became Vietnam). This film is a mystery at

its core and is delicately set around the lives of

three people, an American (Brenden Fraiser), a

beautiful Vietnamese woman and Caine’s Character. The

visuals in the movie are stunning and wrap around you

like a blanket of dark red velvet. Along with the

arresting story and stunning visuals, the acting is

outstanding.

The movie was a question to the viewer on the subject

of involvement. This is a question that is very

relevant to us, especially in these times. Watch for

clues, watch the color of the clothes, and watch for

the topic of involvement in every aspect of the film.

Fort Collins has long thirsted for the indie options and this was

highlighted by the recent academy awards where many of

the films that were all the buzz only came to us for a

week, if at all. The films that come through the

indie suppliers are almost always a treat to watch.

If we support Carmike in its attempt to bring indie to

Fort Collins, it might just stick around.

Another great movie-going opportunity that has come

back recently is the incredibly rich American

experience of the drive-in. When the night sky begins

to dim, rows of cars trek out to drive-in theatres

across the country but more specifically out across

from the road up to Horsetooth Reservoir. There is

nothing that can beat the drive-in experience. Both

The Carmike’s indie scene and the drive-in’s nighttime

bumper-to-bumper fun are impressive dates. Take your

guy or your girl out for something a little bit

different this time.

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Men’s golf driving for MWC championship

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Luke Cornish

The CSU men’s golf team travels to Sunriver, Ore., today to take part in the Mountain West Conference Championships. The 54-hole tournament will be held at the Sunriver Resort and will finish on Sunday.

CSU won its first tournament of the season at the BYU Cougar Classic over the weekend, and the Rams will look for junior Martin Laird to come up big for them again in the championships. Last weekend, he led CSU to its victory behind a tournament-winning, three-round, seven-under par performance.

Laird won the individual title at the championships last year and will be looking to take his first ever back-to-back title.

The performance earned Laird the title of Mountain West Golfer of the Month, making him the first Ram in school history to receive the honor. Laird currently leads the team with a 71.3-stroke average per round, which places him third in the conference and puts him on pace for the CSU season record.

Snapping at his feet is junior Nolan Martin, who has only finished out of the top 20 spot three times in this his first season playing Division I golf. Martin finished tied for third place at the Classic and will need to be on top of his game if the Rams are able to repeat their success against the Mountain West’s tough competition.

“(Martin) has been playing great golf for us all season,” CSU head coach Jamie Bermel said. “UNLV and San Diego State are very good teams and we will have to focus to be able to beat them.”

Bermel will go with the same team he used in Provo to win the Cougar Classic. Senior Geoff Nuwash was on that team in his first tournament of the season, and managed to impress the coach with a three-round total of 216 that was good enough to earn him eighth place.

“(Nuwash) played really well so I’m definitely sending him to the conference championships,” Bermel said.

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Rams sweep away hail, Lobos

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Apr 302003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

Weather tried to stop the CSU-New Mexico games again on Wednesday, but rain and hail slowed up just enough to let the Rams finish their sweep of the Lobos with 4-0 and 8-2 victories.

CSU finishes the season series 4-0 against New Mexico, and with the wins, the Rams improve to 31-12 overall, giving them their first 30-win season since 1998. The team moved into fourth place all-time for CSU for most wins in one season.

New Mexico dropped to 21-34-1.

“It is a really great feeling to win 30 games,” assistant coach Tonja Hadley said. “It is a big turnaround from last year.”

The Rams played the doubleheader Wednesday after the original April 5 date was rained out.

In the first game, the Rams got out to a quick 4-0 lead and kept it. Junior pitcher Megan Masser threw a complete game, only allowing New Mexico two hits.

Masser’s record improved to 15-5 with the win and the game was the Rams’ 13th shutout of the year.

Rain and hail started to fall at the completion of the first game and delayed the start of the second. As the team removed the tarp from the field to resume play, an eight-inch-high line of hail extending from third base to second base pushed the game back even further.

When the weather started to cooperate, CSU extended its winning streak to four games by again beating New Mexico, this time by a score of 8-2. After getting off to a three-run lead, the Rams had a three-run third inning to double their score.

Freshman Genevieve Kelly hit a line drive up the middle with the bases loaded, driving in two runs. A fielder’s choice followed to bring around the third run.

New Mexico hit back-to-back homers off Kelly to start the fourth inning, but failed to produce any more runs the rest of the game.

The Rams added two more runs in the fourth inning when Steph Roberts nailed a double to center and senior Jen Mahoney laid down a bunt to put runners at the corners. Then, junior Ricki Walker hit a base-clearing double to left-center to make the score 8-2.

Kelly picked up the win, improving her record to 8-3. Masser entered the game in relief and pitched two scoreless innings to give her nine shutout innings on the day.

“I am feeling really good,” Masser said. “I am confident out there and it is always good to pitch at home.”

CSU’s Mountain West Conference record now stands at 10-6, while New Mexico’s dropped to 4-12. With BYU not playing until this weekend and remaining at 9-6, the Rams moved into second place in the conference behind San Diego State (10-1). New Mexico fell to last place behind Utah and UNLV.

CSU will now host doubleheaders with San Diego State at 1 p.m. on Friday and UNLV at noon on Sunday for its final regular season games of the year.

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