The CSU softball team picked up yet another loss on Wednesday night, dropping a lopsided decision to in-state rival University of Northern Colorado at Ram Field.
The meeting was the last of four between the two teams and left the season series tied 2-2. The loss left the Rams (7-31, 0-3 MWC) with plenty of questions unanswered.
â€œJust a lot of frustration, but you know, I think I can see it on their faces (the players) they donâ€™t like to lose any more than I do,â€ said head coach Jen Fisher. â€œI think weâ€™ll see a good couple days of practice out of them and just working hard.â€
UNC broke the game wide open with a six-run fourth inning, all of the runs were unearned due to three errors for the Rams defensively. Defensive mishaps have cost the Rams mightily this season.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to make those plays on defense,â€ Fisher said. â€œWeâ€™ve got to get better, we have freshman playing beneath themselves, weâ€™ve got seniors playing beneath themselves and thatâ€™s basically nobodyâ€™s fault but the coaches, we have to push them harder and make the plays.â€
Senior Caitlan Stem was the lone bright spot on offense for the Rams. Stem accounted for two of the teamâ€™s six total hits and scored the only run of the game when she hit a solo homerun in the third.
â€œWhen we started with that UNC game into conference play I felt that Iâ€™ve adjusted much better,â€ said Stem. â€œIâ€™ve been the leader that I want to be for this team, itâ€™s still been hard but it is what it is, weâ€™ve got to keep working and we canâ€™t quit.â€
Stem, along with Fisher, believes there is something to be learned from losing, but the team canâ€™t allow itself to begin expecting defeat.
â€œThe big thing we need to harp on, is we canâ€™t get used to losing, we canâ€™t train ourselves to become numb to it and find a way to not let it hurt anymore, we need to let it hurt,â€ Stem said.
Fisher has been happy with players stepping up from time to time but knows that everyone must play her best if the team wants to win on a consistent basis.
â€œThe sign of a great team is everybody bringing their â€˜Aâ€™ game all the time and that is where we need to get,â€ said Fisher.
CSU prepares to host New Mexico for a two-game set this weekend. First pitch on Saturday and Sunday is set for 1 p.m.
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