Two runs from perfection

Feb 142004
Authors: Paul Baker

The CSU softball team returns home after a tiring weekend

characterized by close games and tough competition. The Rams (8-4)

played at the University of Texas-San Antonio Fastpitch Tournament,

where they were tested on both sides of the ball.

Aided by a defensive switch, CSU played error-free softball over

five games, helping the team notch three wins in the five-game


“We moved Brittany (Huerta) to third base from the outfield

which really helped to solidify our defense,” Yori said.

The weekend started with games on Friday being cancelled because

of rain. So those games were moved to Saturday and Sunday in an

effort to get all the games in.

The Rams started play on Saturday with a close 2-1 loss against

Kansas. Senior pitcher Megan Masser (2-2) took the loss for the

Rams in a game were she struck out five batters. Junior catcher

Kerry Farrell and sophomore outfielder Katie Dean recorded both

RBIs in the game.

“We’re hitting really well as a team right now,” Dean said. “We

still leave too many people on base though.”

In Saturday’s last game, CSU needed all seven innings to defeat

Missouri-Kansas City 4-3. In the bottom of the seventh, the

freshman Huerta reached third base after a double and a passed

ball. Then sophomore Melanie Laffoon hit a single out of the

infield to score Huerta and end the game.

The Rams’ offense showed up Sunday in its first game against

Bethune-Cookman College. The game started with junior Kerry Farrell

hitting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to give

the Rams a quick 2-0 lead. That lead would not last as

Bethune-Cookman responded with a five runs in the bottom of that

inning to take the lead. CSU’s offense responded with a five-run

inning of its own. Laffoon sparked the offense with a two-run home

run in the top of the third and CSU went on to win 10-6. Senior

first baseman Ricki Walker finished the game 2-for-3, with three

RBIs and a double.

“Ricki and Katie really played well for us this weekend, both

hitting over .500,” Yori said.

Freshman Jessica Strickland pitched six innings to pick up the

win and move to 3-1 on the season. Masser added her career-record

eighth save at CSU to close out the game.

In the second game on Sunday, the Rams lost 4-2 in extra innings

to a tough UTSA team. After falling behind early in the game,

sophomore Jennifer Gardner hit a double to score Huerta and send

the game into extra innings. In extra innings CSU scored first to

take a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth. UTSA, however, tied

the game on a RBI single before hitting a two-run home run of

Masser to end the game and hand Masser her second loss of the


The Rams now look to add some wins to their best 12-game start

under Yori in the Troy Cox Classic Friday through Sunday in Las

Cruces, N.M.

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