The CSU softball team struggled this weekend, losing all five of its games in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational in Austin.
The Rams (2-7) are a young, inexperienced team and it has shown so far this season, said CSU coach Jen Fisher.
â€œIf we just sit back and wait for a year of experience, we will have a long year,â€ Fisher said.
The team has on its roster 10 freshmen, but Fisher said the team could still have a successful season.
To get there, she said the players have to be quick learners and get better every weekend. The coaches, she said, have to be patient.
The Rams opened the invitational on Friday against Missouri State and the University of Wisconsin. CSU dropped those games by scores of 8-2 and 5-1, respectively.
Saturday presented a challenge for the Rams, when they faced No. 13 University of Texas.
CSU came out tentative and defensive in the first game, Fisher said, which lead to an 8-0 win for the Longhorns.
The Ramsâ€™ pitching presented a challenge, walking seven Longhorn hitters. They also had trouble consistently putting the ball in play offensively, striking out a season-high 13 times.
Fisher, however, was impressed with how the team bounced back in the second game Saturday against Texas.
The Longhorns won the game 12-4, but the Rams played much better overall, Fisher said.
The Rams got a second chance against the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday in the third-place game, and they jumped out to an early 6-3 advantage.
The lead, however, wasnâ€™t quite enough. The Badgers rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn a 7-6 victory and give the Rams their fifth straight loss.
The Rams will have to bounce back quickly because they have less than a week before their next tournament. They head west to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Stanford Nike Invitational.
CSU opens the tournament on Friday against No. 24 University of Kentucky.
One of the best ways for this young team to improve quickly, Fisher said, is to be attentive to the teams they are playing, especially early in the year.
â€œThe girls need notice when someone on the other team is playing the right way and try to emulate that and learn from it,â€ Fisher said. â€œThat will help the learning curve.â€
Softball Beat Reporter Nick Childs can be reached at email@example.com.
* Tournament: Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational
* Results: L 8-2, L 5-1, L 8-0, L 12-4, L 7-6
* Next: Stanford Nike Invitational