Rebels Roughed Up By The Rams

March 29, 2013

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - Just one day after playing a quick affair that featured two runs and six hits, the UNLV Rebels (14-20, 0-2 Mountain West) and the Colorado State Rams (16-14, 2-0 MW) managed to produce a 28-run, 28-hit contest on Friday. CSU claimed the Mountain West game in five innings by an 18-10 final score.

UNLV got the game's scoring going in the first inning when it got back-to-back singles from Tayler Van Acker and Tayler Aleman to put runners on first and second. Pauline Monreal then stepped up and hit a grounder to CSU shortstop Ashlie Ortega, who airmailed the throw over her teammate's head covering first base. The error allowed Van Acker to score from second.

The Rams countered with a two-out rally of their own in the bottom half of the first. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for the host team prior to four run-scoring hits that plated six runs. Alysa Greckel and Chelsea Biglow knocked in two runs apiece off consecutive extra-base hits - a double and a triple. With the score 4-1 and Biglow on third, Kendal Butterfield hit an RBI single before scoring on a double off the bat of Taylor Hutton.

After Ashlie Ortega - the 10th hitter in the at-bat - was walked, UNLV went to the bullpen and brought in Francesca Foti (1-7) to replace Amanda Oliveto in the circle. Foti was able to get the Rebels out of the inning when Horton was thrown out at second base after a ball was thrown in the dirt at home.

While Foti shut down the Rams' offense in the second and third stanzas, UNLV rallied to even up the score at 6-all through 3.5 innings of action. Emily Haslinger and Stefany Valentino cut into the deficit with solo homers to start off the second and third, respectively.

Following Valentino's at-bat, CSU brought in Holly Reinke (4-4) to relieve Kailey Snyder in the circle. However, Reinke wasn't effective either, as she hit the first batter she faced (Balilea) and then gave up singles to Van Acker, Aleman and Haslinger. The last two hits resulted in runs and pulled UNLV within one run at 6-5.

In the fourth, Garie Blando was plunked by an offering by Reinke. Blando then took second off a sacrifice bunt prior to scoring on a game-tying, RBI single by Van Acker.

Unfortunately, CSU rallied to score five unearned runs in its half of the fourth. Foti got the first two batters out, but Cassy Mosser kept the inning alive with a single up the middle. The next batter, Emily Pohl, then hit a pop up in front of the plate that was dropped by Haslinger to put runners on first and second. A single by Danielle Wikre juiced the bases for Greckel, who promptly cleared them with a double to deep left. Biglow then knocked Greckel in with an RBI double before she scored off a single by Butterfield.

The teams combined to score 11 runs in the fifth with UNLV getting four of the scores. The Rams went to the well again and summoned Kacie McCarthy to pitch in place of Reinke to start the inning. McCarthy was immediately torched for a single by Monreal, but got two quick outs after the hit. Monreal took second on the second out - a grounder by Jamie DePippo - and third on an infield single by Emilie Valadez. Blando then struck out, but wound up on second after Pohl, CSU's catcher, allowed her to reach on a passed ball. Both runners moved up on the passed ball, Valadez went to third and Monreal scored. One batter later, Valentino went yard for the second time in the contest; this time it was a three-run dinger.

The Rams began the fifth with three hits, two of which resulted in RBI and the return of Oliveto to the circle. Oliveto then hit the first batter she faced before giving up an RBI single and another base hit that loaded the bases. CSU wound up scoring four more times to close out the game when Oliveto walked the last four batters of the game.

Reinke picked up the win for CSU in two innings of work. She struck out one, but was touched for three runs off of four hits.

Foti (1-7) was tagged with the loss in 3.2 frames of relief. She allowed eight runs (three earned) off of 10 hits and one walk.

UNLV and CSU resume their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm MT (noon pm PT) at Ram Field.