CSU’s softball team took a successful trip to San Jose Sate last week, picking up its first Mountain West wins of the season as they went 2-1 in a three-game series with the Spartans.
Thursday and Friday brought back-to-back shutouts of the Spartans (26-14, 6-3 MW) for CSU (21-17, 2-4 MW).
Rams’ ace Holly Reinke started the series off right in California for her team, pitching a complete game shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Spartans Thursday. Though SJSU put plenty of runners on base as Reinke gave up seven hits and four walks, she was able to rely on solid defense from her field.
With zero outs and runners on second and third in the third inning, sophomore Haley Hutton scooped up a ground ball and fired it home for the tag at the plate, keeping the Spartans off the board and killing their momentum. The Rams ended the inning with a ground-out and line-out to keep the shutout alive. SJSU left a total of 10 runners on base Thursday.
In the fourth, Hutton was the first Ram to get on base with a single. She advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, and was then driven home by a Shae Rodriguez base hit to put the Rams on the board.
From there CSU was held scoreless until the sixth. But the Rams made late rallies to break it open, scoring three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. Rodriguez drove in both runs in the seventh, giving the senior three RBIs on the day while she scored one in the sixth as well.
Freshman Trinity Harrington did the pitching honors Friday in another complete-game shutout the Rams won 1-0. The reigning MW Pitcher of the Week gave up zero walks and five hits as she extended her scoreless innings streak to 14. Harrington has also not allowed a run in three of her last four starts with the shutout.
CSU’s sole run came in the fifth inning via a Haley David base hit that drove in sophomore Taryn Arcerese from second, who reached first on a fielder’s choice and advanced into scoring position after a Hutton walk.
The Spartans looked dangerous in the seventh inning when they knocked back-to-back base hits on their final out to get a runner into scoring position. But Harrington forced Nicole Shultz into flying out to the end the game.
SJSU had only been shut out once this season prior to its series with CSU. Its batters returned as the top offense in the MW Saturday, though, as SJSU rolled to an 8-0 shutout of its own behind a complete game of pitching from senior Allison Lang.
Reinke started again for CSU, and held the Spartans scoreless for the first and gave up just one run on a sacrifice fly in the second.
But she then allowed Jessie Hufstetler a two-run homer in the second that gave SJSU a 3-0 advantage. Harrington relieved Reinke, but she gave up three more runs on two Spartan doubles during a two-out rally before ending the second.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Rams gave up two more runs on a base hit, making the score 8-0. The Rams were unable to rally for a run in the bottom of the fifth to keep from being run-ruled to let the game continue. Just four Rams reached base Saturday, and Danielle Wikre notched their only hit with a single in the top of the second.
Six more MW games await the Rams this week as they host three games at Ram Field against Utah State in a double-header Tuesday and one Wednesday before they travel to Albuquerque for a three-game series versus New Mexico this weekend.
Collegian Sports Reporter Sam Lounsberry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @samlounz.