By Kinohi Manning
It”s a busy weekend for the softball team.
Thursday, March 28 the team defeated Colorado State 6-2 in game one, while game two was cancelled due to rain. Then the Cougars rushed off to sunny New Mexico, where the team will play Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
The Cougars did not start the game strong – a goal the team has set for itself.
“We started the game a little shaky but were able to get our feet underneath us after the first inning,” BYU coach Mary Kay Amicone said.
In the first inning, Rams first baseman Jennie Orozco singled in two runs, putting Colorado State up by two.
The Cougars didn”t let the sudden surge in runs ruffle them, as right fielder Oli Keohohou hit a two-run single, to tie the game in the third.
An error by left field helped propel BYU farther, as BYU shortstop Becca Erickson advanced to third. Erickson then stole home as outfielder Lindsey Hodgen-Kelly stole second.
The Rams inability to score past the first inning was helped by Maryon DeWitt-Wallentine (10-9), who gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out six.
After their first successful win of the season, the Cougars travel to New Mexico.
New Mexico may not be as easy of a win for the Cougars.
The Lobos are picked to finish second in the conference and have proven coaches” predictions close with a 27-13 record.
While the Rams were an easy win, losing their last 11 games, the Lobos have won 15 of their last 16 games.
Last weekend, New Mexico won the March Madness Tournament.
The Lobos” strength is partly due to Krissy Keene and Amy Dumas. Keene and Dumas were recently named the Mountain West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week.
Keene has been hitting .324 with 34 hits and 21 RBI, and freshman pitcher Amy Dumas is 12-2 on the year with a 0.85 ERA, including 11 complete games and four shutouts.
The Cougars will return home Saturday night, as they prepare for the April 6 doubleheader against UNLV.