Rebels Unable To Overcome Early Runs
March 28, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (14-19, 0-1 MW) opened up the 2013 Mountain West softball season with a 2-0 loss to the Colorado State Rams (15-14, 1-0 MW) on Friday afternoon at Ram Field in Fort Collins, Colo. The game was quick in nature, as it lasted a mere one hour and 18 minutes, and it featured two runs and six hits.
The only scores of the game were occurred in the first inning after CSU got a pair of runners on after the first two outs had already been recorded. Emily Pohl and Alysa Greckel managed to record back-to-back RBI singles to score Cassy Mosser and Danielle Wikre, respectively. The two runners found their way on the bases after Amanda Oliveto walked Mosser and hit Wikre with a pitch.
UNLV's best chance to score came in the sixth when Samantha Juarez made her way to third base after initially reaching on a line-drive single back up the middle. Juarez took second on a sacrifice bunt put in play by Stefany Valentino before she stood on third after a groundout by Jaexie Balilea.
The teams combined to leave a total of eight runners on in the game. The Rams left five on in the contest with three in scoring position (first, third and sixth). UNLV, on the other hand, had three stranded, one of which was Juarez at third in the sixth.
Kacie McCarthy picked up the win in the circle for CSU, and she improved to 12-6 on the year. McCarthy allowed only two hits and struck out two in the complete-game win.
Oliveto (12-10) was tagged with the loss in six innings of work. She struck out eight, but surrendered two runs off of four hits and one walk.
UNLV and CSU resume their three-game series on Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT) at Ram Field.
NOTES: CSU extends its winning streak over UNLV to four games dating back to the 2012 season ... CSU snapped a four-game home losing streak to UNLV that dated back to the 2009 season ... UNLV is now 6-8 in Mountain West openers dating back to the conference's inaugural season in 2000 ... UNLV is now 3-3 when opening the Mountain West season on the road ... UNLV is now 3-11 in its first Mountain West road game of a season.