Feb 122004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

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

thing.

“They are tough teams but we are getting better every week,” she

said.

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

(3).

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

is pleased.

“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

crowd.”

The games begin today for CSU and run through the weekend.

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