The state of Utah will get a good dose of the CSU women’s
softball team this weekend as the Rams head west to play four
games. The first doubleheader is today against the Utah Utes
(16-26, 5-7 in Mountain West Conference), who are fourth place in
the conference. The second doubleheader is Saturday versus the
third place Brigham Young Cougars (28-15, 5-6 in MWC).
The Rams (33-12, 9-3 in MWC) are second in the conference, one
game behind leader San Diego State. Having already won all four
games played against Utah and BYU, the Rams are confident heading
into the weekend.
“We want to go 4-0 this weekend,” said head coach Mary Yori. “We
are capable of beating both teams, we just need to make it
As a team the Rams are batting a conference-leading .335. Not
only are they getting conference recognition, but they also can be
seen in the national spotlight. With a .333 batting average before
last weekend’s games, CSU was ranked fifth in the nation. The
team’s .973 fielding percentage was eighth best, and the team was
17th in scoring with 5.29 runs per game.
Senior Ricki Walker, who continues to have a great year, knows
her team is a good one.
“I’m having a pretty good year but at the same time my team has
played well and backed me up,” Walker said. “We’ve been hitting and
playing some great defense. We need to continue that to win this
While Walker leads the team in batting with a .417 average (25th
in the nation), others have stepped up. Freshmen Brittany Huerta
has dominated pitchers all season. She has a team-best 13 home
runs, a single-season CSU record, and a conference-high 42
Pitching has been great for the Rams as well. The team ERA is
1.95 (second behind San Diego State’s 1.43), and the team boasts
four solid aces who should give the Utes and Cougars trouble.
As a team, the Utes are hitting .256 and the Cougars display a
.311 average, but both teams hope to fare well at home.
“It’s competitive out there. They both have good home crowds and
they play us well at home,” Yori said.
These games are crucial to the MWC standings. Being only one
game back means the Rams need to win every game possible.
“We want to keep up with San Diego State and get a No. 1 or 2
seed in the (conference) tournament,” Yori said.
Today’s action in Salt Lake City begins at 1:30 p.m., while
Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Provo, Utah.