Last weekend, for the first time in over a month, CSU softball
remained in Fort Collins. A well-deserved bye week for the team
came after three well-played tournaments. Going into this weekend,
the Rams have an 11-6 record. That is good enough for the best
overall record among Mountain West Conference teams, though
conference play has not yet begun.
The bye week was not only deserved, but was used as a time to
rest players and work on the basics of softball.
“The week off gave us a chance to regroup mentally and
physically,” said junior Steph Roberts. “We got to fine tune some
things with communication and on defense.”
During the break from competition the MWC honored sophomore
designated hitter Melanie Laffoon as the Mountain West Conference
Player of the Week for her contributions in the Troy Cox Classic,
two weeks ago.
At the tournament, Laffoon hit .400 (6-for-15) with three home
runs, six RBIs, and five runs. She had at least one hit in four out
of the five games played. Against the then 25th-ranked Texas State,
Laffoon broke a tie in the sixth inning with a three-run homer,
that gave CSU the lead for good. Finally, Laffoon said she felt
like she was playing up to her potential.
“It’s nice to be recognized for (player of the week) and finally
get out of a hitting slump,” Laffoon said. “The (Texas State) game
was awesome. It was a rush. It shows that anyone can beat any team
on a given day.”
The week off is followed by CSU’s first home game this season.
Saturday at noon the Rams will begin a five-game stand at Rams’
Field. With three games against the Utah State Aggies(0-5) and two
versus the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-5), the Rams will have
their hands full.
Utah State holds a 24-10 record versus CSU since the teams
started playing one another. Against Southern Utah, CSU is 23-2 all
time. The Rams are looking forward to the challenge though.
“We’re all really excited. It’s definitely a benefit to have
people cheering for you,” Roberts said. “I think the traveling has
been tough especially mentally. There’s a lot of catching up to
CSU will be without senior pitcher Megan Masser who will need
two to four weeks to rest an injury to her throwing arm. Masser
leads the team in innings pitched (38.1) and strikeouts (45).
“We’re definitely disappointed especially because it’s a player
of Megan’s magnitude, but in a way it’s a good thing that it
happened now instead of later because she will be back for
conference play,” said head coach Mary Yori.
The double-header versus Utah State is Saturday at noon will be
followed by another game at noon on Sunday. On Tuesday the Rams
have back-to-back games against Southern Utah beginning at noon as