On the 25th and 26th of March, the Colorado State Rams opened their first conference series at home against border rival Wyoming. The Rams record before the games was 10-4 with no conference games played.
Game one resulted in a rout of Wyoming as the Rams put up 11 runs in a 11-0 victory to open the conference series. The game was highlighted by the spectacular pitching of Jared Van Vark as he put up a no hitter against the Cowboy. Van Vark put up six solid innings while striking out four in the process. The offense was highlighted by Mack Morford, who smashed two home runs in the game and drove in 4 runs in the process.
Game two was more of a nail biter as the Rams edged Wyoming by a score of 12-7. The Rams offense got going early with the help of Jake Walker who went 3-3 with an RBI and Mack Morford who crushed another home run, driving in three runs of his own. The starting pitcher was Clint Watt, Watt went 3 1/3 giving up two runs and recording one strikeout. He was relieved by Brad Johnson who would finish the inning giving up no runs. Ryan Wargo, Chris Singleton would both setup Mack Morford to close the game in the seventh inning, recording two strikeouts and securing the victory for the Rams.
Game three was another offensive onslaught as the Rams put up 13 in a 13-2 victory over Wyoming. The offense was highlighted by Matt Hart who had six RBI’s including a grand slam that shut the door on Wyoming’s hope of a comeback. The starter was Kevin Roberts, who went four strong innings giving up two runs and striking out two as well. Phelan Castellano came in to shut the door on the Cowboys to seal the deal for the Rams.
Game four was a non-conference game but that didn’t slow down the Rams as they took the final game by a score of 9-3. The offense was led by Trent Weldon who went 3-3 with a homerun and 2 RBI’. The game was started by Brad Johnson who went four innings giving up two earned runs while striking out five batters. Rain would end the game early but the Rams would emerge victorious yet again.
Next weekend the Rams look to take on the UNC Bears in another conference series. The Bears are 4-4 on the season and the Rams are 14-4 on the season. The games will be played in Greeley on Saturday, April 1st at 12 and 2 and Sunday April 2nd at 12 and 2 as well.
The week of March 13th, the Rams baseball team travelled to Sunnyvale, California in a six-game tournament. The teams included St. Mary’s college, Chico State University, Northern Arizona, Miramar University, and Washington State University.
Game one of the tournament was a bout against St. Mary’s University. This was the only hiccup of the tournament for the Rams as the Rams would fall by a score of 5-3. The offense for the Rams was highlighted by Matt Davis, who recorded two hits with a run scored and Matt Hart who drove in two of the Rams runs. The pitching was led off by Phelan Castellano, he went four innings giving up three earned runs and four total runs. The Rams attempted a comeback in the late innings but were unsuccessful as St. Mary’s University took the inaugural game from the Rams.
Game two was a complete turnaround for the Rams as they smoked Chico State by a score of 15-0. The onslaught was led by two specific players in Mack Morford, who went 2-3 with a home run and 3 RBI’s and Matt Davis, who had a monster game going 3-3 with two home runs and an astounding 8 RBI’s. On the bump was sophomore pitcher Jared Van Vark, who went four strong innings giving up zero runs and striking out two Chico State players.
Game three was a face off against the hosts of the tournament, Washington State University. This game was more of the same for the Rams as they put up 19 runs in a 19-3 victory over Washington State. The offense had a field day at the plate as Mack Morford and Brandon Severinsen highlighted the high-octane offense. Morford went 3-4 with a homerun and 5 RBI’s while Severinsen put up a 2-5 day with a homerun and 4 RBI’s. The pitching performance was led by Clint Watt, as he only gave up one run on five innings pitched while striking out three. The door was shut on Washington State by Ryan Wargo and Sean Suelter, solidifying the victory for the Rams.
Game Four featured the Rams versus Miramar University. For the Rams, it was just another fantastic day at the park as they routed Miramar University 14-2. The Rams were led by starter Kevin Roberts who went 5 and a third only giving up two runs and striking out four. At the plate, it was more of the same offense for the Rams as veteran players Matt Smith and Matt Davis led the charge against Miramar University. Smith went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s and Davis went 1-3 with a homerun and racking up even more RBI’s by adding 4 more to his resume for the tournament.
In Game five the Colorado State Rams faced off against top 20 ranked Northern Arizona in a nail biter which saw your Rams emerging victorious by a score of 8-7. The start was given to Jared Van Vark who went four strong innings striking out three and giving up no runs. The tide quickly turned for the bullpen as they recorded 6 earned runs and 7 total runs in the remaining five innings of the game. This didn’t halt the offense though as the Rams offense was led by Matt Davis and Brandon Severinsen. Davis drove in two runs on one hit while Severinsen changed the momentum of the game with a towering shot into right field for his second homerun of the tournament as it put the Rams back in the game against Northern Arizona. After the Rams put up the go ahead run in the eighth inning, Mark Singleton came in to shut the door on Northern Arizona and solidified the victory for the Rams.
The final game of the tournament was played against Chico State in which the Rams pounded the Wildcats 19-8. The big guns on offense were Trevor Bruton, who tallied a homerun and 4 RBI’s and Matt Hart who also hit a homerun and drove in 4 runs. Phil Miller got the start but exited the game in two innings giving up 5 earned runs. The game was then taken over by Brad Johnson who pitched five strong innings striking out two batters and giving up zero runs.
The Rams would become the tournament Champions with a 5-1 record and putting up an astounding 78 runs on the trip.
The Rams would return home on Tuesday night, March 22nd to face Metro State in an exhibition game. The Rams beat down on Metro State winning 21-2. The offense was led by Matt Davis who went 5-5 with 4 RBI’s on the day and Matt Hart who went 2-2 with 3 RBI’s. In the later innings of the game Jared Van Vark launched a home run to left field for a grand slam that slammed the door on Metro State. The pitching was led by starter Phil Miller who went three innings giving up two runs, he was followed up by Mack Morford, Phelan Castellano, and Matt Mader who closed out the game for the Rams.
In the upcoming week, your Colorado State Rams will face off in a conference series against Wyoming University starting on Saturday March 25, 2017. Games will start at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday and the same goes for Sunday’s games. Looking forward to seeing everyone out this weekend, Go Rams!
On March 4, 2017, the CSU Rams faced off with Air Force in a double header and this would be the start of a slew of games for the Rams that weekend. The weekend also included a double header against Western Nebraska on Sunday and a night cap game on Tuesday against Metro State.
Game one of the Air Force double header featured a Rams victory in handy fashion, with the final score being 7-0. The Rams were led by the superb pitching performance by Phelan Castellano, as he threw 5 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 5 Falcons on the day. The offense was led by a number of players including Matt Davis who led the team in hits with 2 on the day and driving in one of the runs. Jared Van Vark was another player who had himself a day as he went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases in the game. Then Ryan Wargo came in to shut the door on game one and sealing the victory for the Rams.
Game two was just more of the same in both fronts for the Rams. Phil Miller got the start on the bump, going 5 strong innings and only giving up one earned run and another unearned run. He went on to strike out 7 batters on just 66 pitches. The offense was highlighted by Sam Hughes who delivered a bases clearing double. Both Brandon Severinsen and Matt Hart recorded two hits and an RBI each in the 12-2 victory over the Air Force Falcons.
Game three occurred on Sunday against Western Nebraska Community College, in another double header. Unfortunately for the Rams they could not pull out the win this time, going down 7-3 in a hard-fought game. The Rams offense struggled to get anything going throughout the game only recording 5 hits on the day including a Jake Walker double. Clint Watt got the start on the mound and went 6 innings but unfortunately giving up 5 runs and 2 earned on the day.
Game four went in a complete opposite direction as the Rams routed the Cougars 10-2. The Rams were led on the bump by Jared Van Vark who pitched 5 strong innings and giving up only one run, he was followed up by Kevin Roberts who shut the door on the Cougars by putting up 2 strong innings to seal the deal. At the plate, the Rams hitters had quite a field day as three players recorded multiple hit games. Led by Matt Davis who recorded an astounding 4 RBI’s on two hits including a double.
On Tuesday March 7, the Rams faced off against the Metro State Roadrunners in a night cap game. The Rams prevailed over Metro State but in nail biter as the Rams won 7-6. The Rams pitching staff struggled a bit at first but slowly got stronger as the game went on, led by Brad Johnson who came in in relief, pitching four strong innings striking out 6 Roadrunners. The offense suffered the same effect as the pitching staff by starting out slow. As the game progressed, the Rams bats came alive. Jace Evans recorded two hits including a triple and driving in one run. The game was tied going into the bottom of the eighth when Matt Smith hit a ball deep to center field and produced a sacrifice fly that scored Cody Byrnes and recorded the winning run. Final score Rams 7 and Roadrunners 6.
In the week ahead the Colorado State Rams look to continue their success in a tournament in Sunnyvale, California. The Rams will be playing six games in the tournament and are aiming to take every single one. The teams included will be Northern Arizona, Chico State, Washington State, and many more. The tournament starts March 13th when the Rams will take on St. Mary’s College.