With a slate of four matches facing them, the Colorado State softball team is looking for its first win of the fall season this weekend.
The Rams will start the weekend on Saturday at 9 a.m., hosting a game against the University of Great Falls. CSU will then play three matches on Sunday against Metro State, Black Hills State and Regis University at Ram Field.
The Rams will be looking to bounce back from two one-run defeats suffered last weekend.
â€œLast weekend things didnâ€™t go how we wanted,â€ said senior Caitlan Stem. â€œWe want to come out and prove we can win this weekend.â€
Stem said that the games last weekend were good for getting out the early season nerves, especially for the nine freshmen who were playing in their first collegiate games.
This weekendâ€™s games are a chance for the young team to show improvement as the early part of the season rolls on.
While CSU lost both of its opening games, they found positives from the close losses.
The fact that the Rams gave up only three runs over two games bodes well, Stem said.
The low scoring games gives CSU the knowledge that it was only one big play away from winning both games.
The team now hopes to complement the solid pitching with timely hitting in order to find their first win of the season.
â€œWe only gave up three runs and thatâ€™s really good,â€ Stem said. â€œOur focus this weekend is on hitting well and winning.â€
Coach Jen Fisher was proud of her teamâ€™s pitching performances in the opening weekend but placed pressure on her hitters to match the output given by the pitchers.
â€œThe rest of the team needs to take pride in (the pitcherâ€™s) performance,â€ Fisher said. â€œWe have to score some runs for them.â€
Saturdayâ€™s first game for the Rams against Metro State will be especially important to Fisher, who restarted the Metro State program in 2008 after it disbanded in 1990.
Fisher enjoyed great success with the Roadrunners, winning NCAA Division II Coach of the Year honors in 2010.
â€œItâ€™s really tough,â€ said Fisher about facing the program that she helped build. â€œSome of those ladies started the program with me. It will be a little emotional.â€
All four games will take place at Ram Field, on the south side of Moby Arena. Parking and admission are free.
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