FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Two Colorado State runs in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Rams to a 4-3 win over the Nevada softball team Saturday afternoon to sweep the three-game series.
In the bottom of the first, the Rams (27-10, 8-4 MW) took an early 2-0 lead and chased Nevada (21-22, 3-12 MW) starter Megan Dortch from the game. With two runs already home, Dortch issued a walk that loaded the bases with two outs. Freshman McKenna Isenberg then entered the game in relief and retired the next CSU batter to end the threat.
The Wolf Pack got a run back in its half of the second thanks to three walks and a hit batter issued by Colorado State. Hannah Harger drew a four-pitch, bases loaded walk that brought in Orozco from third, cutting the lead to a 2-1 CSU advantage.
Both teams scattered hits here and there as the game continued on but could not get any runs across until the top of the sixth. Amanda Weis provided the Pack with a base runner after being hit by a pitch, and was pinch-run for by Jasmine Jenkins. After Danielle Wiltz drew a walk, Ashley Butera came through with a pinch-hit, RBI bloop single to center that scored Jenkins and tied the ballgame at 2-2.
Nevada took the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, once again thanks to a bases loaded walk. Megan Sweet singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Orozco drew a walk, Weis lined a shot that ricocheted off the third baseman’s glove to load the bases. Wiltz stepped in and displayed patience at the plate to draw the walk on a 3-1 count to give the Pack a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom half of the seventh with a runner on first and one out, CSU’s Chelsea Biglow tripled down the right field line, tying the game once again at 3-3. With two gone in the frame, a slow roller in the infield scored the winning run for the Rams, giving them the 4-3 victory.
Isenberg dropped to 7-5 with the loss. She threw six complete innings and surrendered the final two runs of the game, while striking out five CSU batters.
Nevada hosts San Jose State at Hixson Park next weekend for a three-game series that begins Friday, April 25 at 4 p.m.