Off to its best start in more than four years, the CSU softball
team heads to Texas to continue its winning ways. This weekend
brings about the University of Texas-San Antonio Tournament. The
three-day event consists of six games against North Texas,
Bethune-Cookman, University of Kansas, Texas-Arlington, University
of Missouri and UT-San Antonio.
At this time last year, the Rams were 2-5. But since head coach
Mary Yori has been here, she has lead the team to an improved
record each year, and this year is no exception.
Tough competition awaits CSU as three of the six teams the team
faces made the NCAA tournament last season. But that is in no way
an intimidation factor.
Senior pitcher Megan Masser said the competition is a good
“They are tough teams but we are getting better every week,” she
Through the team’s first seven games, freshman Britney Huerta
has emerged as a key role player in the Rams’ offense. She is
leading the team in batting average (.458), hits (11) and home runs
At the same time Masser is already tearing up the competition
with 25 strikeouts in 20 innings. She is 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA and
looks to continue her dominance in Texas. The pitching staff
overall is also doing fine and JayCee Wood is stepping up as the
No. 2 pitcher behind Masser.
“I think we had a good start and are putting in a lot of good
innings,” Masser said. “Definitely better than last year.”
Last week, junior catcher Kerry Farrell missed her first start
in 106 games. While suffering from pink eye along with a jammed
finger, the best thing for her was to cheer on her teammates. But
that’s not all she did. Behind two runs in the seventh inning of
the Sacramento State game, Farrell got the chance to pinch-hit. She
took advantage of the situation by hitting a single and putting the
eventual tying run on base.
“Under those circumstances, just not being able to play was
frustrating,” Farrell said. “I was really upset but there was no
way I could start. … It was nice I could help the team.”
The firepower is certainly there for the Rams, and they will
need it this weekend. As for Huerta’s productivity, Yori said she
“She was huge last week and did a great job. For a freshmen, you
never know how they are going to play in their first game,” Yori
said of the California native. “I couldn’t have asked for anything
more, especially because she was playing in front of her hometown
The games begin today for CSU and run through the weekend.