Apr 252010
 
Authors: Joel Hafnor

The CSU softball team took care of business over the weekend, handling the New Mexico Lobos on consecutive days.

The Rams (26-16, 4-4 MWC) scored a defensive victory on Saturday, as they held the Lobos to just six hits in a 2-1 victory. Conversely, it was the big bats of the Rams on Sunday that got the job done, as the team belted three home runs in the 9-5 affair.

“We were getting some wind in our face (Saturday),” said head coach Mary Yori after Sunday’s win. “That played somewhat of a factor. Also, our batter’s seemed to focus a little bit more today.”

The Lobos (10-29, 0-8) entered the weekend as the only MWC team yet to collect a conference victory. Still, the Rams weren’t about to overlook the Lobos on their home field, and it showed.

“I think the girls did an outstanding job of not overlooking,” Yori said. “When you have two games on the road, no matter who you’re playing, you always have to be prepared.”

Sunday’s win extended the Rams conference winning streak to three games, as well as raising the team’s record to .500 in MWC play this season, which puts them in sole possession of fourth place. A year ago, the MWC qualified three teams for the NCAA tournament, something that Yori and the Rams are well aware of as they enter the final seven games of the year.

“We’ve got a couple teams ahead of us in conference that only have two losses,” Yori said. “We are going to have to continue to play well.”

Robyn Mask, a senior infielder for the Rams, clocked a two-run homerun Sunday as part of the team’s offensive onslaught. Mask explained that these wins are just a step in the right direction.

“It felt really good to get two wins off of (New Mexico), and keeps us striving to win conference,” Mask said. “We just need to keep on winning and playing our game.”

The weekend proved that the Rams can manufacture wins in a variety of ways, whether it’s with the bats, from the pitching circle or with dazzling defense. The Rams will be on the road again next weekend to play both Utah and BYU, who visited Fort Collins two weeks ago.

“We’ve already played them, which always a little bit of an advantage,” Yori said. “There’s not going to be a lot of unknowns going up against them.”

The coming weekend represents the final road trip of the season for the Rams, who have been well-traveled. The Rams will be back underway on Thursday in Provo, Utah, as they take on the conference-leading BYU Cougars at 5 p.m.

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