It just was not the Rams’ weekend. The Colorado State softball team dropped both games of a home doubleheader Friday against New Mexico, and the third game of the series was called due to snow.
Game one of the doubleheader saw the Rams get off to a hot start in the bottom of the first inning thanks to RBI singles from Taryn Arcarese and Kristina Akiona. After allowing two runs in the second, the Rams came back strong in the bottom half of the inning, regaining the lead 3-2.
A three-run third inning for UNM pushed the momentum back in the Lobos favor, giving them a 5-3 advantage.
In the sixth inning, they really opened up the lead, bringing home eight runs. Catcher Chelsea Johnson hit a grand slam, her second homer of the game, to extend the lead to 10 runs before Infielder Jade Gray hit a solo home run and UNM took the game 14-3.
The second game of the day was all about CSU freshman Amber Nelson, who finished with two home runs and three RBIs. Nelson and Akiona started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back solo shots, giving the Rams a 2-0 advantage.
The next inning, however, saw the Rams fall victim to the same old story as the Lobos strung together another monster inning, this time scoring five runs. The Lobos added a run in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rams began their comeback effort with a two-run homer from Nelson. After the Lobos scored one in the top of the seventh, CSU Catcher Jaelyn Manzanares added two more in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run blast.
The effort fell just short as the Lobos were able to hang on for the 7-6 victory.
Game three of the series, originally scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. was postponed with anticipation of snow and freezing temperatures before being cancelled early Sunday morning with no intent of a make-up.
The pair of losses dropped the Rams below .500 to 18-19 overall, including a 4-7 record in conference play.
They begin the first of two consecutive road series April 22 at Fresno State before traveling to take on Utah State.
Collegian Sports Reporter Colin Barnard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.