CSU softball looks to carry momentum into Colorado State Classic II

Junior Guerrero

After a wild weekend of delays and inclement weather, the Colorado State University softball team is eager to get back on the field and dominate the Colorado State Classic II.

CSU is set to finish their non-conference games this weekend while hosting the Colorado State Classic II. The Rams have a total of five games this weekend that include Wagner College, the University of Dayton and Syracuse University.

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The Rams will begin their set of games March 8 when they take on Wagner College at 3 p.m. Their next games will be March 9 at 1:30 p.m. against Dayton and 3:45 p.m. against Syracuse.

They will wrap up the tournament on March 10 as they take on Dayton at 11:15 a.m. and Syracuse at 1:30 p.m.

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The team congratulates junior pitcher Bridgette Hutton for striking out three St. John’s batters during the game Saturday, March 10. The Rams defeated St. John’s with a score of 5-1. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

The last time the Rams were on the field, they competed in the Colorado State Classic last weekend. They were scheduled to play a total of six games, but had to settle for three due to delays and inclement weather. However, the three games the Rams did complete resulted in three huge wins in front of their home fans.

In order to keep the momentum rolling, the Rams will rely heavily on senior pitcher Bridgette Hutton and senior catcher Lauren Buchanan. Hutton and Buchanan have been on fire lately and played major roles in CSU’s three straight wins.

Hutton is coming off a no-hit virtuoso performance against Idaho State University. She dominated the Bengals and earned herself CSU Student-Athlete of the Week honors.

“I feel honored,” Hutton said. “Our pitching staff this year is one to remember, and I think we all deserve the award.”

Buchanan is coming off an excellent performance not only at the plate, but behind it as well. Her two home runs and eight RBIs earned her Mountain West Player of the Week honors.

“I’ve been struggling at the plate recently, and I finally decided to just go out there and just be myself and swing,” Buchanan said. “A lot of girls on our team were deserving of the award, I was just lucky enough to win it.”

Lauren Buchanan catches a missed pitch during the first Colorado State Classic March 1. The Rams won all three games they were able to play during the Classic. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

The Rams will need to stay disciplined and not overlook their opposition in order to have success this weekend. All three of their opponents will be ready to play come game day.

Wagner College heads into the Colorado State Classic II with a 2-6 record. Although their record might not show it, this team is coming into the tournament hungry and with something to prove. Wagner College has nothing to lose, which means the Rams need to play hard and not take the Seahawks lightly.

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Dayton enters the Colorado State Classic II with a 7-5 record. They are also coming off a 3-0 record after their tournament last weekend in Tennessee. This will undoubtably be the best team that the Rams face this weekend and should be a great challenge for them.

Syracuse heads into competition in Fort Collins with a record of 5-11. The Orange are having an up-and-down year so far, but are capable of winning multiple games in a row. They proved so when they ended February. with back-to-back wins against Illinois State and Florida A&M.

As long as the Rams go out and play hard and play their style of softball, they should see results similar to last weekend.

The Rams head into the Colorado State Classic II with a saying that they’ve preached all year long: #25Strong. The 2019 season marks the 25th Anniversary of softball being reinstated as a Division I sport at Colorado State. Rams softball takes pride in not only representing their sport, but their school as well.

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