Oct 072004
 
Authors: Nate Ramos

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

Fall Tournament.

“The competition we’ve played so far this fall is not nearly

what we will play during this spring,” said head coach Mary

Yori.

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.

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