CSU softball set for Fresno State in Colorado Springs

Sophomore Molly Randle, right, throws to first base after a pop fly that ended in a single at the softball game against Northern Colorado. The Rams won 10-0.

After three consecutive days of snow fall in Fort Collins, the CSU softball team was forced to change venues for a three game series against Fresno State.

With 20 inches of snow in Northern Colorado, the Rams are headed to Mountain Lions Field in Colorado Springs for a chance to take over second place in the conference.

“The snow has given us the opportunity to work harder on the mental game,” CSU coach Jen Fisher said.

The Rams (18-19, 4-2 MW) come into this weekend of play tied for second place in the Mountain West with the Bulldogs. Currently a half-game behind the league leading San Diego State, CSU has the opportunity to come within reach of first place.

The first two games of the series will be a Saturday double header starting at 1 p.m. The third game will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last weekend, the Rams looked to bounce back on the winning track against the top hitting team in the conference, Nevada. Losing two out of the three games on the road and their momentum, CSU has targeted this week towards Fresno State and a new set of games in front of them.

“We left 16 runners on last game against Nevada,” Fisher said. “I always say that when you leave a lot of runners on, you got a lot of runners on.”

Shut out last weekend by San Diego State 3-0, the Bulldogs are hungry for a win.

“I’m sure Fresno is going to be a top team in the conference,” Fisher said. “We definitely need to try and come out with a series win to have a shot at winning the conference.”

In order move up in the conference and add to their record, CSU will need to swing smart at the plate, and support the pitcher on the mound with a strong defensive presence.

“We wanna keep growing,” Fisher said. “I think we need to shut down their running game and their two strong pitchers right off the bat.”

For fans unable to travel, live action and stats will be posted on the CSU’s Gametracker feed at CSURams.com.

Softball Beat Reporter Haleigh Hamblin can be reached at sports@collegian.com.