March 8, 2018
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QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's softball will pay a visit to Colorado State on Friday as the Red Storm gears up to play five games over a span of three days. The Johnnies will face off against Idaho State, Utah Valley and the host-school Colorado State.
St. John's begins play on Friday against the Bengals followed by a matchup with the Rams. The Red Storm will begin the first of the team's two games in a 1:15 p.m. showdown with Idaho State.
St. John's is coming off of a 1-2 weekend at the TU invite in Towson, Md., where the Johnnies saw their sole victory of the tournament come on Saturday in a 9-0 shutout against Quinnipiac.
Madison Morris was a force in the circle as the junior tossed a six-inning three-hit shutout for her third win of the season. The Hampton, Va., native struck out eight and did not issue a walk.
In Saturday's game one victory over the Bobcats, Krystal Puga was outstanding offensively for the Johnnies, recording three hits, two home runs, and five RBIs, including a game-ending grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to give the Johnnies a 9-0 victory. This marked the senior's second grand slam of her stellar St. John's career.
Over five games last week, that included wins over UC Riverside and Quinnipiac, the Los Angeles native tallied five hits, five runs, three homers and six RBIs to help land her a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season.
Idaho State enters play against the Johnnies on Friday with a winless record, standing at 0-10 following its most recent 8-4 loss to New Mexico State at the UTEP Tournament. Haley Harrison has been a threat at the plate for the Bengals, recording a team-high 11 hits, two home runs and nine RBIs in just 26 plate appearances.
Following the Johnnies contest with the Bengals, the Red Storm will take on host team, Colorado State in a 5:45 p.m. showdown. The Rams enter this weekend of play with an 8-6 record coming off a 5-3 loss to No. 20 Minnesota at the San Diego Classic.
The Rams went winless in the tournament, dropping five-straight contests. Corina Gamboa has been a key part to the Rams offense, with a team-high three home runs along with eight RBIs and a .381 batting average, good enough for second best on the team behind Sarah Muzik who is batting .469.
The Johnnies kick off Saturday play with an 11 a.m. matchup against Utah Valley. The Wolverines enter the tournament with a 4-8 record following 9-6 victory over Southern Utah at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.
The Wolverines went 2-3 in the tournament, with wins over Boise State and Southern Utah. Peyton Angulo has led the way for Utah Valley and is tied with Kristen Anderson for a team-high two home runs. Angulo also leads the team in RBIs, with eight, while boasting a team-best .471 average.
This will mark the Johnnies first matchup with each of these programs.
The Red Storm will take on the Rams again on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before concluding play on Sunday in an 11a.m. contest with Utah Valley.
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