Prior to taking in the sun in Orlando for Spring Break, the CSU
women’s softball team took in the Colorado sun at Rams Field
Tuesday in a double-header against Southern Utah.
Game one of a double-header went to the Thunderbirds, as they
used a strong outing from pitcher Lacee LePrey to hold CSU (15-7)
three runs on seven hits. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh
inning, the Rams had a chance to come back with the bases loaded
but were unable to capitalize and the game ended 5-3.
Senior Ricki Walker was 3-for-3 with an RBI in the game. Pitcher
Genevieve Kelly started the game and had five strikeouts in four
innings. She also hit a two-run homer.
“I could see the ball real good today and I hit well,” Kelly
said. “But I think I still need to work on my defense. We will all
be ready for Florida though.”
The Rams turned it around in Game two, swinging for the fences.
Kelly again fared well at the plate with a three-run homer in the
fourth inning. Freshman Britney Huerta added another three-run shot
over the right field fence in the bottom on the fifth, to make the
Huerta finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Walker went 5-for-6
combined in both games. The game ended 7-0 and freshman Jessica
Strickland got her first shutout at CSU, improving her record to
6-2. After the game, Walker said she felt Game one didn’t go as
“We should’ve taken it to this team, but we came back and did
what we had to in the second game,” Walker said.
The Rams look to continue with their hot bats in Orlando March
Spring Break preview
Warm weather. Beautiful beaches. Disneyworld. Sounds like a
college spring break, and it is for the Rams. However, as the women
head to Orlando for a 12-game stand, wins, not beaches, will be the
top priority. Heading into the Spring Break, the Rams are a red-hot
15-7, the team’s best start in three years under head coach Mary
“It’s going to be a nice atmosphere down there and it will be a
lot more laid back,” Yori said. “But the focus will definitely be
winning ball games.”
While defense was the base behind CSU’s success last year, 2004
has been all about the offense. At the plate, the Rams have been
taking turns stepping up. Solid leadership from Walker and junior
Steph Roberts has boosted CSU all season. Plus, in their solid
lineup no one can be overlooked.
“We’re stepping up to the pitches we’re supposed to. Personally,
I felt good at the plate and our lineup is really deep,” said
Roberts, who earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors, going
8-for-11 over the weekend against Utah State.
It was Roberts’ first Player of the Week award of her