Fresh off a successful home stand against BYU and Utah over the weekend, the CSU softball team will take a brief pause from their Mountain West Conference schedule to host the University of Northern Colorado Bears today at Ram Field.
Todayâ€™s meeting marks the fourth and final game between the in-state rivals, with the Rams (24-15, 2-4 MWC) leading the season series 2-1 thus far. In the three prior meetings this season, the Rams have outscored the Bears 25-16, with their lone loss coming after surrendering a two-run lead in the final inning.
The Rams enter the game with a record of 9-1 at Ram Field this year, including a 6-5 victory over UNC on April 7.
Offensively, the Rams have gotten great production from the top of their lineup all season, with Jenna Krogh, Caitlan Stem, Christine Thomsen and Rebecca Penland leading the team in batting average, hitting in the one through four spots in the lineup respectively.
Pitcher Kelli Eubanks continues to build on her impressive sophomore campaign with a 3.07 ERA, 18 wins, 148 strikeouts and her first career no-hitter recorded Thursday against Utah.
Eubanksâ€™ 168 innings pitched this season is nearly twice as many of all other pitchers on staff, who have combined for just 90. Eubanks is the unquestioned workhorse of the staff, and may be the Ramsâ€™ most valuable player this year.
The Bears (10-27) have struggled this season, with a record of 4-14 over the past month. They currently lay claim to the advantage in all-time record against the Rams by a count of 34-20, though the Rams have owned the rivalry of late.
First pitch for todayâ€™s rivalry will be at 4 p.m. at Ram Field just south of Moby Arena.
Softball Beat Reporter Joel Hafnor can be reached at email@example.com.
Opponent: Northern Colorado
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Ram Field