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Softball preview: San Diego Classic I

February 27, 2009

Colorado State heads to San Diego, Calif., for a second straight weekend of five games.

The Rams face off against San Diego Friday for a fourth time this season at 5:30 p.m. MST followed by a tough match against No. 4/T-3 UCLA at 8 p.m. MST. Colorado State battles Santa Clara on Saturday at 10 a.m. MST, followed by a 12:30 p.m. MST first pitch against Oregon. The Rams will conclude tournament play on Sunday against UC Davis at 3 p.m. MST.

Last weekendHead Coach Mary Yori

Five Rams finished the USD Invitational Tournament last weekend with a .400 batting average or better. Sophomore Caitlan Stem led the squad with a .474 average at the plate with a double and two RBI. Junior Allison Majam finished the tournament with a .429 average with a double and five RBI. Juniors Ashley Munoz and Kayla Kreutzman recorded a .417 average at the plate in the tournament and Christine Thomsen finished with a .400 average with a double and three RBI.

San Diego

This will be the fourth meeting this season between the Rams and Toreros, with the Rams winning the three previous meetings. Colorado State defeated San Diego twice last weekend at the USD Invitational Tournament, 4-2 and 9-1 (5), respectively. The Rams handed the Torereos a 2-0 loss two weeks ago at the aTEN Construction Tournament in Riverside, Calif.  The teams were scheduled to meet last season at the University of San Diego Tournament, but inclement weather forced the game to be canceled.

No. 4/T-3 UCLA

The nationally ranked Bruins have recorded an overall record of 13-2 so far this season. They are led by sophomore Katie Schroeder with a .454 batting average. She has recorded one double, seven home runs and 14 RBI in her 15 starts this season. In the circle for UCLA, junior Megan Langenfeld has recorded a 1.09 ERA, the lowest on the squad. In her 25.2 innings pitched for the Bruins, she has 23 strikeouts and no walks allowed while keeping opposing batters to a .112 batting average. The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Rams with a 5-0 advantage.    

Santa Clara

Freshman Briana Knight has started all five games for the Broncos and has recorded a .357 batting average while hitting two doubles and two home runs, and recording six RBI. Sophomore Jenna Fong leads Santa Clara in the circle with a 5.91 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched. In the all-time series, the Rams hold a 4-2 advantage over the Broncos.

Oregon

The Ducks are 6-9 in the 2009 campaign and are led by sophomore Cortney Kivett at the plate with a .378 batting average in 15 starts. Freshman Sam Skillingstad leads Oregon in the circle with a 1.80 ERA. She is 6-3 this season in 50.2 innings pitched while striking out 54 batters. The Rams are 3-7 all-time against the Ducks. Colorado State defeated Oregon last season in the season opener 3-2 on a home run by then-sophomore Ashley Munoz.

UC Davis

The Aggies are 7-3 overall this season. Freshman Kelly Harman leads the team with a .393 batting average with three home runs and eight RBI in her 10 starts. UC Davis is led by senior Jessica Hancock with a 4-1 record in the circle and a 0.82 ERA. She has thrown 34 innings while striking out 48 opposing batters. UC Davis holds a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Rams. 

Reaching a milestone

Head Coach Mary Yori, now in her ninth season at the helm of the Colorado State softball program, has made the Rams a force to be reckoned with in the Mountain West Conference. In 2008, Yori recorded her 1,000th career game as a coach, 400th game at Colorado State and her 200th win as the head coach of the Rams. Yori now has an overall record of 689-361 with a 230-203 record at Colorado State. 

The .300 Club

Four Rams are batting better than .300 this season. Sophomore Caitlan Stem leads the team with a .434 overall average at the plate with three doubles, one home run and nine RBI. Junior Allison Majam follows Stem with a .400 average. Freshman Christine Thomsen ranks third on the team with a .395 average with two doubles and eight RBI. Junior Ashley Munoz rounds out The .300 Club with a .341 average. She has recorded two doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI.


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