Home Opener at Rams Field

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Mar 042004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

Last weekend, for the first time in over a month, CSU softball

remained in Fort Collins. A well-deserved bye week for the team

came after three well-played tournaments. Going into this weekend,

the Rams have an 11-6 record. That is good enough for the best

overall record among Mountain West Conference teams, though

conference play has not yet begun.

The bye week was not only deserved, but was used as a time to

rest players and work on the basics of softball.

“The week off gave us a chance to regroup mentally and

physically,” said junior Steph Roberts. “We got to fine tune some

things with communication and on defense.”

During the break from competition the MWC honored sophomore

designated hitter Melanie Laffoon as the Mountain West Conference

Player of the Week for her contributions in the Troy Cox Classic,

two weeks ago.

At the tournament, Laffoon hit .400 (6-for-15) with three home

runs, six RBIs, and five runs. She had at least one hit in four out

of the five games played. Against the then 25th-ranked Texas State,

Laffoon broke a tie in the sixth inning with a three-run homer,

that gave CSU the lead for good. Finally, Laffoon said she felt

like she was playing up to her potential.

“It’s nice to be recognized for (player of the week) and finally

get out of a hitting slump,” Laffoon said. “The (Texas State) game

was awesome. It was a rush. It shows that anyone can beat any team

on a given day.”

The week off is followed by CSU’s first home game this season.

Saturday at noon the Rams will begin a five-game stand at Rams’

Field. With three games against the Utah State Aggies(0-5) and two

versus the Southern Utah Thunderbirds (5-5), the Rams will have

their hands full.

Utah State holds a 24-10 record versus CSU since the teams

started playing one another. Against Southern Utah, CSU is 23-2 all

time. The Rams are looking forward to the challenge though.

“We’re all really excited. It’s definitely a benefit to have

people cheering for you,” Roberts said. “I think the traveling has

been tough especially mentally. There’s a lot of catching up to

do.”

CSU will be without senior pitcher Megan Masser who will need

two to four weeks to rest an injury to her throwing arm. Masser

leads the team in innings pitched (38.1) and strikeouts (45).

“We’re definitely disappointed especially because it’s a player

of Megan’s magnitude, but in a way it’s a good thing that it

happened now instead of later because she will be back for

conference play,” said head coach Mary Yori.

The double-header versus Utah State is Saturday at noon will be

followed by another game at noon on Sunday. On Tuesday the Rams

have back-to-back games against Southern Utah beginning at noon as

well.

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