Rebels Swept In Conference-Opening Series
March 30, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (14-21, 0-3 Mountain West) suffered a 15-7, five-inning loss to the Colorado State Rams (17-14, 3-0 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins, Colo. The win gives CSU a sweep of the opening series in Mountain West play, and it also marks the sixth straight victory for the Rams in head-to-head action vs. UNLV.
The Rams got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first thanks to a sacrifice fly by Alysa Greckel. Ashlie Ortega and Shae Rodriguez began the at-bat with back-to-back singles before they were moved into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt. Greckel then stepped up and hit a deep fly to left that scored Ortega from third.
UNLV evened the score at 1-all with a tally in the second. Tayler Aleman led off the at-bat with a double to left-center before she took to third on a sac bunt by Pauline Monreal. Emily Haslinger then laced a single back up the middle to score Aleman from third base.
CSU broke the short-lived tie in its half of the second with four runs off of four hits and the assistance of two Rebel miscues. Emily Pohl began the at-bat getting plunked by an Amanda Oliveto (12-11) offering. Chelsea Biglow then hit a single to center that was misplayed by Stefany Valentino. Biglow wound up making her way safely to third while Pohl scored on the play. After getting the next two batters out, Oliveto issued a walk to Ortega to put runners on the corners. Rodriguez stepped up after Ortega had stolen second and promptly drilled a triple to right field for two RBI. Cassy Mosser joined Rodriguez on the bases after taking a base on balls. Rodriguez wound up scoring from third when Emily Haslinger's throwing attempt to get Mosser out at second on a steal attempt sailed into center field.
The Rams put more distance between themselves and the Rebels when they scored three more runs in the third off of one hit - a three-run home run by Biglow. The two runners - Danielle Wikre and Pohl - trotted home on Biglow's long ball after Oliveto had walked the first and hit the second one.
The home team's defense got in the act of making errors in the Rebel's half of the fourth. CSU committed three errors as UNLV scored four runs off of four hits. Tayler Van Acker and Tayler Aleman found their way into scoring position after a hit-by-pitch and a single that had a fielding error tacked onto it. CSU's Kacie McCarthy (13-6) fought back and got two quick outs, but Alyssa Cordova kept the inning alive with an RBI single to the hole at shortstop. Van Acker scored on the hit while Aleman went to third. Jamie DePippo followed that hit with a run-scoring one of her own that bounced into left field and brought home Aleman. Cordova managed to score on the play when CSU leftfielder Kendal Butterfield mishandled the ball. DePippo made her way home on the continuation of the play after Pohl threw wildly to third trying to get her advancing from second to third.
In the bottom of the fourth, CSU answered UNLV's four runs with four of its own. Mosser smashed a two-run homer that scored Rodriguez - who walked - from first. Later on, a pinch-hitting Molly Randle knocked in two RBI with a double to left-center.
UNLV scored twice in the fifth off a two-run shot by Monreal. Van Acker scored on the big hit after initially reaching on a fielder's choice.
CSU closed out the game with three runs off of two hits and five walks granted by Rebel pitching. Mosser and Randle were credited with RBI singles in the frame while Biglow got one when she was walked with the bases loaded.
McCarthy picked up the win - her second on the weekend - in complete-game fashion. She allowed seven runs (six earned) off of 10 hits. She struck out two against no walks.
Oliveto was tagged with her second loss in the series after giving up 15 runs (14 earned) off of eight hits. She struck out two, but walked eight. She was relieved by Francesca Foti in the fifth, and she walked two and gave up one hit in 0.1 innings of work.
UNLV returns home for a two straight weekends of conference action. The Rebels open up the six-game home stand with a three-game set against the Fresno State Bulldogs from April 5-7. The first game of the series on Friday, April 5 is slated for a 6:00 pm first pitch at Eller Media Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's contests are scheduled for 1:00 pm starts.
NOTES: After being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, Van Acker moved into a first-place tie in UNLV's career offensive record book for most hit-by-pitches ... She sits deadlocked with Pauline Glenn (2002-05) with 23 career plunking.