The CSU softball season is underway after a season-opening tournament in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Rams left the tournament with mixed results, with two wins on Saturday afternoon to go along with a pair of defeats to host-school New Mexico State.
â€œIt was really exciting,â€ said head coach Jen Fisher on starting the season. â€œItâ€™s going to be a learning process, but it felt good.â€
The Rams (2-2) started the tournament against New Mexico State on Friday night. After giving up five runs in the bottom of the first, the Rams fired back with five runs of their own in the top of the second, only to allow seven more runs cross the plate in the bottom of the second. CSU would lose the season-opener by a final count of 13-5.
Kelsey Oâ€™Brien took the circle for CSU, lasting only two-thirds of an inning after giving up five quick runs.
Saturdayâ€™s double-header ended with much better results for the Rams.
The Rams opened the day with a game against in-state rival Northern Colorado, a game CSU won 8-3 behind a strong effort from Oâ€™Brien.
The sophomore rebounded from a rough outing on Friday, throwing 5 1/3 innings giving up two earned runs and striking out three in the winning effort. Freshman Alexa Cash closed out the game for the Rams tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Freshmen Morghan Doughty and Alyssa Greckel both went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs batted in and combined to score five runs.
The Rams capped off its solid Saturday by beating the University of Minnesota later in the day by a final count of 12-8. The game was not short on drama, as freshman Emily Pohl ended the game with a walk-off grand slam.
Freshman Desiree Laswell made her first career start and went 6 2/3 innings giving up five runs and striking out seven. Oâ€™Brien relieved Laswell for one last out but not before giving up two runs.
CSU ended the tournament on Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 loss at the hands of the Aggies, who improved to 6-0 after sweeping all four games in the tournament.
Fisher insisted that there is value in facing a strong team like the Aggies.
â€œIt was good for us to be tested against a team like that,â€ Fisher said. â€œItâ€™s good for them to get out here and go against some good competition.â€
The Rams now head to Austin, Tex., this weekend to take part in the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational.
Softball Beat Reporter Travis Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.