CSU softball remains red hot after impressive play in Colorado State Classic II

Junior Guerrero

After a weekend full of delays and snow, the Rams were ready to get back on the field this weekend. They kicked off the weekend Friday evening with a matchup against the University of Dayton Flyers.

The Rams were set to take on Wagner College in their first game, but that changed due to scheduling conflicts. After giving up one run to Dayton in the first inning, the Rams put on a hitting clinic and never looked back.

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They went on to score a total of 14 runs off of 13 hits. Everyone in the lineup was doing their job and contributing to the hitting fest. Senior Amber Nelson lead the charge with two hits and four RBI’s.

“I wanted to be aggressive and smart at the same time,” Nelson said. “I was hitting my pitches and being aggressive.”

The final score was 14-3 Rams. With great hitting and outstanding pitching from senior Bridgette Hutton, the Rams handled the Flyers and were eager for their next game.

Senior Amber Nelson steps up to the plate and readjusts herself for the upcoming pitch from the Seahawks pitcher. (Joshua Contreras | Collegian).

The Rams took on Dayton once again to start their Saturday. Similar to Friday, the Rams hit and hit some more. They scored 10 runs off of eight hits in a game that was called due to run rule after five innings.

Amber Nelson put on a show with two home runs and six more RBIs. The offense looked unstoppable and focused. On the other side of the ball, junior Jessica Jarecki kept the Flyers in check, allowing zero runs off of four hits.

After a 15-minute break between games, the Rams were back on the field to take on Syracuse. The Rams gave up one run in the first inning and added eight runs of their own through four innings.

Sophomore Tara Shadowen had a huge game for the Rams that included a home run in the second inning and a two-run triple in the fourth. The Rams let their foot off of the gas, giving up a total of five runs, through the fifth and sixth innings.

Leading 8-6 in the seventh inning, Bridgette Hutton put the game to rest. The Rams handled adversity and found a way to get the job done.

Heading into Sunday 3-0 in the tournament, the Rams remained hungry and unsatisfied. They were looking to finish strong.

In the Sunday matinee, the Rams faced Wagner College. The Rams scored eight runs off of 10 hits after five innings of play. Senior Isabella Navarro led the team to victory with a home run and three RBIs.

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Head Coach Jen Fisher high fives Tara Shadowen as she rounds third after hitting a home run during the game against Syracuse March 9. The Rams defeated the Orange 8-6. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

Red shirt freshman Taylor Gilmore pitched five shut out innings and allowed two hits. The Rams went on to win 8-0.

With one game remaining, the Rams took on Syracuse to close out the tournament. The Rams jumped out to another hot start scoring eight runs through three innings. Junior Ashley Ruiz led the Rams with a monster game that included two hits, a home run and four RBIs.

Jessica Jarecki tossed another gem allowing zero runs and only two hits.

“I was just trying to stay relaxed,” Jarecki said. “I learned yesterday that they were a great hitting team, so I was just trying to stay within myself.”

The Rams finished off the tournament 5-0 and Head Coach Jen Fisher was pleased with her team’s overall performance.

“I was most impressed with their energy and how hard they fought,” Fisher said.

CSU begins Mountain West play Friday against Fresno State. The game starts at 4 p.m. on Ram Field.

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