CSU softball travels to Texas today to compete in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.
The Rams have a double-header starting against Missouri State at 12:30 p.m. and ending against in-state rival Northern Colorado at 3 p.m.
The Rams (2-2) come off a weekend of ups-and-downs in New Mexico at the Hotel Encanto Invitational.
â€œThe offense did some good things,â€ CSU coach Jen Fisher said. â€œI think the pitchers were doing a really good job getting ahead, they just werenâ€™t finishing.â€
This season is Fisherâ€™s first at CSU after winning Division-II coach of the year with Metro State.
â€œWe have a lot to work on,â€ Fisher said. â€œA lot of that learning takes place in game situations, and I think our pitchers are understanding a little bit better what theyâ€™re supposed to be doing.â€
Sophomore Kelsey Oâ€™Brien is the Ramsâ€™ first option in the circle with last yearâ€™s all-conference starter Kelli Eubanks sidelined until at least April. Oâ€™Brien looks to improve on last weekâ€™s outings as she pitched in all four games for CSU.
â€œI just need to relax and throw fearless,â€ said Oâ€™Brien, who is 2-2 with an ERA just over 12 on the young season. â€œI need to hit my spots a lot better and be tighter all-around.â€
The Rams offense features four freshmen seeing plenty of time. Most notably Morghan Doughty, who leads the team in RBIs, runs scored and home runs after one weekend of play.
Doughty hit three home runs in as many games in her first weekend playing for the Rams.
â€œIt was pretty nice,â€ Doughty said. â€œIt was definitely unexpected but you can tell that the hard work is definitely paying off.â€
Along with Doughty, freshmen Emily Pohl, Chelsea Biglow and Alysa Greckel played major roles in the Rams first tournament. Pohl, Biglow and Greckel started every game for CSU and Pohl hit a walk-off grand slam to lead
the Rams to victory over Minnesota.
The Rams play again tomorrow against the tournament-host Texas Longhorns. Texas (6-0) is the defending Big-12 Conference champion and currently sits at No. 13 in both college softball polls.
CSU will play another game Saturday and one on Sunday with the opponent to be determined by where the Rams finish in pool-play.
Softball beat reporter Travis Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org._
- Tournament: Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational
- Opponent: Missouri State and Northern Colorado
- When: Friday, Feb. 18
- Time: 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Where: Austin, Texas