Softball Completes Sweep

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Mar 072004
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The CSU women’s softball team completed its first home stand

this weekend with a three-game sweep of Utah State. The Rams

dominated play in every game with tough pitching and everyone

contributing in hitting.

In the first game of Saturday’s blustery double-header at Rams

field, Utah State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the

first inning. In response, the Rams put up four runs in the bottom

of that inning and never looked back. Freshman third baseman

Brittany Huerta hit her first of two home runs in the first, and

finished 2-for-4 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored.

CSU went on to win 10-2 in six innings.

Six Rams had multiple hit games, including junior second baseman

Steph Roberts who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore right

fielder Jen Gardner had her first home run of the season in the

third inning, a two run shot.

Freshman pitcher Jessica Strickland picked up the complete game

victory to improve to 5-2 on the season.

In the second game of the day, the Rams continued their

domination winning

9-1. Genevieve Kelly picked up the complete game win, only

allowing one run in the first inning. Kelly struck out 10 batters

on the day and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and an

RBI.

“It was windy today, but I think that it helped my pitching more

than it hurt it,” Kelly said.

Roberts continued where she left off in the first game going

3-for-4, with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored, to lead

the Rams.

Huerta and junior catcher Kerry Farrell each finished 2-for-4 in

Game 2.

“I am very proud of our team’s mental toughness today,” head

coach Mary Yori said after the game. “Our players did better with

the wind and didn’t commit the errors that the (Aggies) did.”

The Rams finished the weekend with a 10-1, five-inning victory

on Sunday. For the second straight day, Roberts and Huerta sparked

the offense. Roberts was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI,

while Huerta went 1-for-2 with a grand slam that cleared the

centerfield fence. The freshman’s slam capped a six-run fourth

inning for CSU and put the team ahead by nine runs. The home run

was Huerta’s third in two days.

Sophomore pitcher JayCee Wood (3-1) recorded the win, allowing

only four hits and one run in five innings.

“Steph and Brittany definitely played well for us this weekend,”

Yori said.

The Rams improve to 14-6 on the season. CSU will play Southern

Utah on Tuesday at noon at Rams Field where they look to improve on

their three-game home winning streak.

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