The eve of the Mountain West softball season has arrived and the
women of CSU softball are ready.
The Rams take their 22-9 record to New Mexico this weekend in
hopes of getting off to a strong start in conference play.
Meanwhile, the Lobos (25-18) are doing better than expected. They
were picked to finish last in the Mountain West in preseason
coaches’ poll, but they are currently third. Both teams anticipate
Conference play is extremely important to the Rams, and they
will be challenged immediately by a strong slate of teams,
including New Mexico. Coach Mary Yori gives the Lobos credit and
expects them to be tough.
“They’re a good team and are much improved from last year. It’ll
be a fun couple games but at the same time it’ll be challenging,”
Yori said. “We’ll need to be ready to play.”
Going into the double-header with a healthy team will benefit
the Rams. Senior pitcher Megan Masser returned from an arm injury
and will be ready to provide some strong innings.
“The arm’s great,” Masser said. “I felt really confident while
at the Florida tournament and I’m ready for conference play. And as
a team we are pretty injury-free.”
Offensively, the Rams look potent. As a team they are hitting
.333 for the season while their opponents are hitting .235 against
them. Along with hitting, CSU leads the MWC in slugging percentage
(.539), runs (169), hits (287), home runs (33) and RBIs (156). The
Lobos are batting .252 as a team.
Senior first baseman Ricki Walker continues to lead the team in
hitting percentage (.447), hits (42) and slugging percentage
(.638). Pitching has been just as productive, as every starting
pitcher has a winning record.
It has been two weeks since the Rams played last (in The Rebel
Spring Games in Florida) and anticipate getting back into
“We’re very excited about the games this weekend. We scheduled
the weeks off to rejuvenate but now we’ve done that and are ready
to play,” Yori said.
The Lobos hold a 39-27 series lead overall between the two
teams, but lately the Rams have been dominating. Last year CSU won
all four games.
Masser and the rest of the team know what it takes to compete in
the conference. Last year the Rams won the conference tournament
and finished second, to this year’s favorite San Diego State, in
the regular season. They look to improve on that this year and it
all starts with conference wins.
“We’re in a good spot right now, hitting well, scaring people
and getting some recognition,” Masser said.
Saturday’s games in Albuquerque swing into action at 1 p.m.