CSU softball opens 2013 with sub-.500 weekend in Red Desert Classic

Softball at the Lloyd!
Softball at the Lloyd! (Photo credit: Seth W.)

High expectations met mixed results at the beginning of the CSU softball season.

The Rams travelled to St. George, Utah for the Red Dessert Classic over the weekend, where they opened the season 2-3.
CSU started off strong in the first game against BYU, scoring on a hit and an error in the third inning to win 4-1.

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The Rams followed up with one run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth.

Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy struck out four and allowed one run during in the game.

“We saw good stuff out of our pitching,” Fischer said. “We made great plays, and was a solid presentation thus far.”

After beating BYU and Utah State, CSU lost their footing against Loyola Marymount in a 9-0 shut out. Falling apart in the seventh inning, The Rams allowed seven runs on two errors, to give Loyola their margin of victory.

Loyola Marymount second baseman Sterling Shuster put up one run, three hits and one RBI against CSU. Dominating on offense, the Rams failed to support the pitching staff and hold it to a low scoring game.

Heading into a weekend in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Rams need to tighten up and keep the bats rolling.

The Rams will take on Penn. State, Texas Tech, New Mexico State and UMKC in the Troy Cox Classic this weekend.

“We need to try and put ourselves out there,” Fisher said. “It doesn’t get any easier, but we are gonna continue to step up.”