After beating Northern Colorado twice, Colorado-Colorado Springs
twice and Montana and Western Nebraska once each, the CSU softball
team now has its biggest task at hand.
On Saturday and Sunday the Rams will conclude their fall season
by facing Kansas and Nebraska twice in the University of Nebraska
“The competition we’ve played so far this fall is not nearly
what we will play during this spring,” said head coach Mary
Nebraska, a Division I team, is a step up in the food chain
compared to the Division II teams CSU has faced thus far. Last
year, the Cornhuskers ranked in the top 10 nationally for lowest
ERA, were No. 16 in win percentage, were in the top 25 for double
plays per game and were ranked No. 36 in stolen bases.
As for this season, the Huskers are 9-1 with their only loss
coming against Michigan.
Whether it is Division I or II, fall or spring ball, Yori
maintains the same philosophy in coaching.
“Play with enthusiasm. Play our best. Play to our potential,
every pitch, every out, every inning,” Yori said.
Even with the Rams playing their best, Kansas will be a tough
opponent. The Jayhawks beat CSU last year and had seven of their
players receive Big 12 honors.
This year, Kansas has started the season going 3-1 in the
Jayhawk Fall Classic, The Jayhawks shutout Washburn 10-0 and
Jackson County Community College 7-0 in the tournament.
Yet, whether the Rams win or lose, the games will play a key
part in the future.
“(This weekend will be) a real test for us. That is going to
allow us to see where our team is,” Yori said. “There will be more
hitting and our pitchers will have more of a challenge. They will
have hit their spots and get the ball where it needs to be.”
On Saturday the Rams will take on Kansas at 9 a.m. and Nebraska
at 11:30 a.m. Then on Sunday they will play Nebraska at 9 a.m. and
Kansas at 11:30 a.m.