The CSU softball team returns home after a tiring weekend
characterized by close games and tough competition. The Rams (8-4)
played at the University of Texas-San Antonio Fastpitch Tournament,
where they were tested on both sides of the ball.
Aided by a defensive switch, CSU played error-free softball over
five games, helping the team notch three wins in the five-game
“We moved Brittany (Huerta) to third base from the outfield
which really helped to solidify our defense,” Yori said.
The weekend started with games on Friday being cancelled because
of rain. So those games were moved to Saturday and Sunday in an
effort to get all the games in.
The Rams started play on Saturday with a close 2-1 loss against
Kansas. Senior pitcher Megan Masser (2-2) took the loss for the
Rams in a game were she struck out five batters. Junior catcher
Kerry Farrell and sophomore outfielder Katie Dean recorded both
RBIs in the game.
“We’re hitting really well as a team right now,” Dean said. “We
still leave too many people on base though.”
In Saturday’s last game, CSU needed all seven innings to defeat
Missouri-Kansas City 4-3. In the bottom of the seventh, the
freshman Huerta reached third base after a double and a passed
ball. Then sophomore Melanie Laffoon hit a single out of the
infield to score Huerta and end the game.
The Rams’ offense showed up Sunday in its first game against
Bethune-Cookman College. The game started with junior Kerry Farrell
hitting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to give
the Rams a quick 2-0 lead. That lead would not last as
Bethune-Cookman responded with a five runs in the bottom of that
inning to take the lead. CSU’s offense responded with a five-run
inning of its own. Laffoon sparked the offense with a two-run home
run in the top of the third and CSU went on to win 10-6. Senior
first baseman Ricki Walker finished the game 2-for-3, with three
RBIs and a double.
“Ricki and Katie really played well for us this weekend, both
hitting over .500,” Yori said.
Freshman Jessica Strickland pitched six innings to pick up the
win and move to 3-1 on the season. Masser added her career-record
eighth save at CSU to close out the game.
In the second game on Sunday, the Rams lost 4-2 in extra innings
to a tough UTSA team. After falling behind early in the game,
sophomore Jennifer Gardner hit a double to score Huerta and send
the game into extra innings. In extra innings CSU scored first to
take a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth. UTSA, however, tied
the game on a RBI single before hitting a two-run home run of
Masser to end the game and hand Masser her second loss of the
The Rams now look to add some wins to their best 12-game start
under Yori in the Troy Cox Classic Friday through Sunday in Las