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
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
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
“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
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.