Apr 292004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

The state of Utah will get a good dose of the CSU women’s

softball team this weekend as the Rams head west to play four

games. The first doubleheader is today against the Utah Utes

(16-26, 5-7 in Mountain West Conference), who are fourth place in

the conference. The second doubleheader is Saturday versus the

third place Brigham Young Cougars (28-15, 5-6 in MWC).

The Rams (33-12, 9-3 in MWC) are second in the conference, one

game behind leader San Diego State. Having already won all four

games played against Utah and BYU, the Rams are confident heading

into the weekend.

“We want to go 4-0 this weekend,” said head coach Mary Yori. “We

are capable of beating both teams, we just need to make it

happen.”

As a team the Rams are batting a conference-leading .335. Not

only are they getting conference recognition, but they also can be

seen in the national spotlight. With a .333 batting average before

last weekend’s games, CSU was ranked fifth in the nation. The

team’s .973 fielding percentage was eighth best, and the team was

17th in scoring with 5.29 runs per game.

Senior Ricki Walker, who continues to have a great year, knows

her team is a good one.

“I’m having a pretty good year but at the same time my team has

played well and backed me up,” Walker said. “We’ve been hitting and

playing some great defense. We need to continue that to win this

weekend.”

While Walker leads the team in batting with a .417 average (25th

in the nation), others have stepped up. Freshmen Brittany Huerta

has dominated pitchers all season. She has a team-best 13 home

runs, a single-season CSU record, and a conference-high 42

RBIs.

Pitching has been great for the Rams as well. The team ERA is

1.95 (second behind San Diego State’s 1.43), and the team boasts

four solid aces who should give the Utes and Cougars trouble.

As a team, the Utes are hitting .256 and the Cougars display a

.311 average, but both teams hope to fare well at home.

“It’s competitive out there. They both have good home crowds and

they play us well at home,” Yori said.

These games are crucial to the MWC standings. Being only one

game back means the Rams need to win every game possible.

“We want to keep up with San Diego State and get a No. 1 or 2

seed in the (conference) tournament,” Yori said.

Today’s action in Salt Lake City begins at 1:30 p.m., while

Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Provo, Utah.

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