Rams Happy After Road Trip

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May 022004
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The CSU softball team returned home after a tough road trip,

where the Rams played conference foes Utah and Brigham Young. The

Rams (36-13 overall, 12-4 Mountain West) won three out of the four

games on the weekend to stay in second place in the MWC.

On Friday, the Rams defeated Utah in two straight games, winning

6-2 in Game 1 and 7-5 in Game 2.

The two games against Utah showcased the Rams talented

hitting.

In the first game, junior catcher Kerry Farrell went 4-for-4

with four RBIs and two home runs. Two other Rams had multiple hits

that game as freshmen Brittany Huerta and Jessica Strickland both

went 2-for-4. Strickland recorded her sixth home run of the year in

the game. Senior pitcher Megan Masser picked up the win, striking

out six batters in five innings of work. Strickland came on to pick

up the save.

In Game 2, Farrell again used her bat to help the Rams win the

game. Farrell hit her third home run of the doubleheader in the

first inning to bring her total to seven on the year. Over the two

game series with Utah, Farrell had three home runs, two doubles and

seven RBIs. The Rams took a 7-0 lead into the seventh inning, when

the Utes started their comeback. The Utes scored five unanswered

runs before Strickland came into the circle to pick up her second

save of the day.

“We hit the ball really well today,” said head coach Mary Yori.

“When we had the opportunity, we converted.”

On the second stop of the road trip, the Rams went to Provo for

another two-game set with BYU on Saturday. After losing the first

game 4-3, the Rams came back in the second game to win 1-0.

In the first game, CSU fell behind 4-0 early in the game before

they got going from the plate. In the fifth, the Rams scored one

run when junior second baseman Steph Roberts doubled in freshman

Stacey Leigh. The Rams had a rally with two outs in the seventh to

score two runs, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Masser (10-4) took

the loss, pitching a complete game and striking out nine

batters.

In the nightcap, the Rams scored in the top of the first when

Farrell singled in Roberts, who singled to start the game. The run

proved to be the difference in the game. Senior Ricki Walker,

sophomore Katie Dean, Farrell, Roberts and Strickland each went

1-for-3 from the plate. Sophomore pitcher Genevieve

Kelly (10-2) recorded the win for the Rams, only allowing three

hits in four innings of work and striking out one. Strickland again

came on for her sixth save, and is now one save away from tying

Masser’s single season record of seven, which she set last

year.

“All of the pitchers played really well this weekend,”

Strickland said of the team’s continuous success. “When I was in, I

just threw the pitches that (the coaches) told me to and they

worked.”

With the win, Kelly became the third Ram pitcher to reach 10

wins on the season, along with Masser and Strickland (10-4).

The Rams will close out the conference season with four-game

series with New Mexico on Saturday and Sunday at Ram’s Field.

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