CSU Softball opens Colorado State Classic with three wins, historic pitching performance

Junior Guerrero

The Colorado State University softball team’s first homestand of the season began and ended with a bang. After starting off the season on a hot streak — boasting a 9-4 record before making their home debut — the Rams looked to continue their strong play in front of a home crowd.

The team stepped on to Ram Field pumped up and ready to take on Idaho State University, putting up ten runs in three innings of play.

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They would go on to add another six runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Rams put on an offensive onslaught that totaled to 16 runs with 14 hits, but this wasn’t even the biggest highlight of the game.

Junior Bridgette Hutton smiles to catcher Lauren Buchanan after a good pitch during the Rams third game against the University of New Mexico on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The Rams beat the Lobos 12-4. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

Senior pitcher Bridgette Hutton successfully completed her first collegiate no-hitter against the Bengals. This is the first no-hitter in Colorado State softball since 2016. Hutton remained in control from the jump and never looked back.

“I was just in my groove, and I had no idea I was throwing a no-hitter,” Hutton said. “I give credit to my defense because they are amazing, and I couldn’t have done it without them.” 

The Rams looked to carry that momentum into their next game against Nebraska.

With only a twenty-minute break between games, the Rams picked up right where they left off — scoring five runs in the first inning. The Rams added to their lead with two more runs in the second inning.

They lead the Bengals 7-1 after two innings and looked to be in control heading into the third inning. However, things got a little hairy when the Huskers added five runs in the third inning to make the game 7-6.

 The Rams remained resilient and added three more runs of their own in the bottom of the third, making the game 10-6. As the fourth inning began, the game was suspended due to darkness. The game resumed the next day with the same energy.

“That’s good softball right there.” – Head Coach Jen Fisher

The Rams continued to shine by adding two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning to make the score 12-6. With a rally of their own, the Huskers scored three more runs in the seventh inning, bringing the score to 12-9.

The Husker’s comeback was cut short, and the Rams remained victorious. Despite having to stop their game and pick back up the next day, Head Coach Jen Fisher was pleased with their performance.

“That’s good softball right there,” Fisher said.

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In their third game of the tournament, the Rams took on Stony Brook University. The players kept the momentum going by scoring three runs in the first inning. They added on two more runs in the third inning to make the score 5-1.

The Rams were on the brink of busting the game right open, and that’s exactly what they did. In the fourth inning, four more runs came around making the score 9-1. The game was in control and the Rams went on to win 9-1 due to run rule.

The team seemed to feed off the crowd and energy of their home field.

“It’s feels awesome to be back,” senior Lauren Buchanan said. “It feels nice to play on the field that we’re used too.” 

The remainder of the first Colorado State Classic was canceled due to snow. The Rams will be back for the second Colorado State Classic March 8 at 3 p.m. They will take on Wagner College, Syracuse University and the University of Dayton before starting Mountain West play March 15. 

Junior Geurrero can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @juniorg45.