Softball wins two over UNC

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Apr 062004
 
Authors: Paul Baker

The Rams softball team got back into action Tuesday with a

two-game sweep of Colorado neighbor, University of Northern

Colorado (4-19). After a break of more than two weeks from playing,

everyone on the team was ready to go.

“We felt a little tight coming out of the extended break,” head

coach Mary

Yori said. “But it’s good to play before conference.”

If the Rams were tight, they didn’t show it.

Using timely hits and solid defense behind both of their

pitchers, the Rams kept the Bears’ offense quiet.

In Game 1 at Rams Field, CSU (24-9) used a five-run sixth inning

to pull away from the Bears and win 8-2. Freshman third baseman

Brittany Huerta went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a home run and a

bases-clearing double in the sixth inning. Junior second baseman

Steph Roberts contributed as well, knocking three singles and

reaching base on an error. The junior finished 3-for-4 with a RBI

and a stolen base.

Senior Megan Masser (5-2) picked up the win for the Rams, giving

up one earned run on five hits and striking out six batters.

Game 2 was a lot closer. Going into the top of the sixth inning,

CSU held a

2-0 lead. With one out, CSU left fielder Carly Allen committed a

throwing error missing the cutoff man on a single from UNC’s

Shannon Lamport who advanced to second on the error. Lamport then

moved over to third on a ground out. And with one out UNC catcher

Erin Peterson drove Lamport in with a single to make the score 2-1.

Freshman pitcher Jessica Strickland then forced a ground out and an

infield fly to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, with the Rams clinging to a one-run

lead, Allen made up for her error with an impressive sliding catch

for the second out of the inning, ending any chance for a UNC

comeback, as the game ended 2-1.

Sophomore pitcher Genevieve Kelly (6-2) picked up the win and

provided the biggest offensive play of the game with her solo home

run to right-center in the fourth. She also posted three strikeouts

in the game while going 2-for-2

“My pitching wasn’t bad today but it could be better,” Kelly

said. “But my hitting made up for it.”

Although it isn’t an established rivalry, the Rams said they

needed to get a couple wins.

“It’s a big deal because (the Bears) are the only other

competitive team in the state,” Roberts said. “We were playing for

pride.”

The Rams now move on to open their conference schedule in San

Diego on Friday, followed by UNLV on Sunday.

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