On a windy afternoon, the Rams used great pitching and timely
hits to complete a two-game sweep of Brigham Young. CSU used a
different lineup because of the fact that sophomore outfielder
Katie Dean was out with a kidney infection. The change didn’t
affect the Rams much, as they still won 4-2 and 2-0.
In the first game, CSU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when
senior Ricki Walker had a RBI single to score junior Steph Roberts.
The inning ended prematurely for the Rams when Walker left first
base before a pitch was thrown, an automatic out in NCAA
CSU used great defense in the second inning to preserve its
lead. With two outs in the inning, BYU hit a single to left field.
Sophomore Jennifer Gardner made an awesome throw to home, where
catcher Kerry Farrell tagged the runner.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars used a two-run double by
sophomore Jodi Norton to take the lead back from the Rams. The
score stayed 2-1 until the fifth when Gardner doubled to center to
score pitcher Jessica Strickland.
With the score tied at two apiece in the sixth, Farrell and
freshman Brittany Huerta hit back-to-back home runs to take the
lead for good. With her home run, Huerta tied the single-season
home-run record with 11. She joins Holly Schmillen and Sarah
Fredstorm at the top of the list. Huerta has 12 regular season
games left to break the record.
Strickland started the game for the Rams in the circle, but was
replaced by senior Megan Masser in the sixth inning. Masser picked
up the win and now sits at 6-3 for the year.
In the late game, CSU scored early and held its lead through the
game. The Rams scored in the second inning when sophomore Rachelle
Padeway hit a RBI double to bring in Strickland.
That was all the help sophomore pitcher Genevieve Kelly needed.
She used her potent changeup to silence the Cougar offense.
“I felt really good today,” Kelly said. “I finally got my
pitches to be consistent.”
Kelly (7-2) recorded the complete-game victory, striking out
eight batters and only giving up three hits.
“Sometimes pitchers just stick in your ear and she did that to
today,” said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. “She controlled that
whole game. We’ve seen pitchers with changeups, but not that throw
them 70 percent of the time.”
The Rams gave Kelly a little insurance in the sixth inning when
Strickland had a RBI single to center to score Walker.
“We did really well with some new people on the field today,”
said head coach Mary Yori. “We didn’t hit very well today, but we
defensively stayed in the game.”
The Rams now sit at 28-11 on the year, and 4-2 in conference.
CSU continues its home stand Sunday against Utah at Rams Field at