CSU softball lost two more games this weekend to the New Mexico University Lobos.
The Rams (7-35, 0-5 MWC) started the weekend by losing a 13-5 decision in five innings and followed it up with a 19-6 loss on Sunday, also in five innings. Although it hasnâ€™t been the season the team has hoped for, a lot of freshmen are getting experience and working hard everyday.
â€œI thought we showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight,â€ said CSU coach Jen Fisher. â€œIâ€™m proud of those young players that keep coming back after it, because I know it canâ€™t be easy.â€
On Saturday, freshmen Morghan Doughty and Chelsea Biglow led the CSU offense. Biglow hit her fourth home run of the season in the four-run fourth.
In the circle, the Rams struggled to put the ball over the plate.
CSU pitchers allowed 13 runs on only eight hits, and walked six Lobo batters to walk. Fisher said this week
the coaches have decided to change the approach in the circle, but itâ€™s too early to see results thus far.
â€œItâ€™s just so obvious that weâ€™re not getting it done in the circle,â€ Fisher said â€œThe pitchers are trying
to fight through it, but what can you do?â€
In the second game the pitching struggles continued. CSU allowed 19 runs to cross the plate while surrendering 14 walks.
The Ram offense was led once again by freshmen. Doughty went 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, and Emily Pohl hit her team-leading 11th home run of the season.
â€œIt felt good,â€ Pohl said. â€œIâ€™ve been struggling lately, and I needed to do something to get the team going.â€
Pohl said the team knows what they need to do the rest of this season, and that the little details need a lot of attention for them to succeed going forward.
The teamsâ€™ attitude remains good, and the players and coaches know the results will come at some point, for now they need to keep working to get where they want to be. Fisher knows the team is not happy with losing but has faith they will put it together if they keep playing hard on every pitch.
â€œOf course weâ€™re disappointed, but weâ€™ve just got to keep trying to get better thatâ€™s all you can do.â€
Softball Beat Reporter Travis Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.