Apr 152010
 
Authors: Matt L. Stephens

No-hitters.

They don’t come around often, but when a pitcher is able to throw one, it’s a moment everyone cherishes.

Thursday, Kelli Eubanks of the CSU softball team pitched her first career no-hitter as the Rams downed Utah (17-21, 0-3 MWC) 8-0 en route to their first Mountain West Conference victory of 2010.

For head coach Mary Yori, it’s only the second no-hitter she remembers during her 10-year stint at CSU.

“I think this is only the second one I remember since I’ve been here,” Yori said. “I think Kim Klabough had one a couple of years ago … it’s the first one for Kelli, and we haven’t had one in the past couple of years. They’re few and far between, and this will really be good for her confidence.”

Confidence should be key as the Rams (22-14, 1-3) opened MWC play last week on the road, losing all three games. Eubanks gave up a combined 13 earned runs and was nailed for two losses.

“It feels really good coming out, especially after the three losses we had last week,” Eubanks said. “But I couldn’t have done it without everyone else. It’s not a one-man show, and it never will be.”

Taking the pressure off Eubanks was sophomore center fielder Jenna Krogh.

Already with a seven-run lead, Krogh stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs. The slap-style hitter then drove a walk-off solo home run over the right field wall, ending the game in an 8-0 run rule.

Not only was the home run the first of Krogh’s career, but also the first time in her life she had gone yard.

“It was a pitch I probably shouldn’t have swung at to begin with,” said Krogh, who bats second in the Rams’ lineup. “It looked like a pop-up at first, but I never expected it because I’m little, I slap, I didn’t expect to ever hit a home run.
“I started slapping when I was 12. I’m used to beating out throws.”

The Rams will have little time to celebrate the milestone for both players as the Cougars of BYU come to Fort Collins today and Saturday.

“I think this is a good momentum change for us and should put us in the right direction. I don’t see why we shouldn’t beat BYU this weekend,” Eubanks said.

Opening pitch against BYU is scheduled for 4 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free on both days.

Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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