Apr 052004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

Still at 22-9, the Rams return home after a disappointing

weekend. Due to the heavy rains in Albuquerque, N.M., both games

scheduled for this past weekend were cancelled and will be

rescheduled for a later date.

The weekend was spent inside a hotel instead of on the diamond

and the games that were highly anticipated by both teams will have

to wait.

“To go down there and not play was very frustrating for all of

us,” head coach Mary Yori said. “We’ll just have to use the next

couple games to get back into things and prepare for

conference.”

Tuesday CSU will face Northern Colorado in a doubleheader at

Rams Field. The Bears are 4-17 on the season and are coming off a

two-game losing streak to Regis University. The Rams haven’t played

a game in two weeks and are more than ready to continue their

season.

“All of us are getting kind of anxious to get out there and

play. It’ll be nice to play UNC at home,” sophomore Melanie Lafoon

said. “We need to get back into a rhythm.”

The CSU-UNC game is about in-state pride, and with the Bears

moving to Division I this season, the game holds a lot more

meaning.

“They don’t have a particularly good record, but they should

play us tough,” Yori said. “Just like any other game, we need to be

ready to play hard.”

Last year the Rams won both games they played against UNC by

scores of 8-1 and 6-5.

This year senior catcher Erin Peterson leads the Bears in

virtually every offensive category, including hitting (.509), hits

(28), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (1.055).

However, CSU looks stronger as a team. While the Bears hit .266

as a team, the Rams are hitting a respectable .333. The Rams’

pitching also looks strong considering their opponents are hitting

.235, compared to UNC’s opponents, who are hitting .314.

Although the Rams must first face the Bears, conference play is

still on their minds. Instead of starting the Mountain West season

with New Mexico, they will play a San Diego State team that won the

conference outright last season and was picked to do so again this

year.

“We’re a little concerned about starting off against SDSU,”

Laffoon said. “They’ll probably be our toughest opponent in the

conference.”

The Aztecs are 23-18 on the season and 2-2 in the Mountain

West.

Tuesday’s double-header is set to start at noon. The Rams then

travel to San Diego for a twin bill on April 9.

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