Big Inning Pushes Rams Past Rebels
April 27, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-22 overall, 0-4 Mountain West) suffered a 5-2 loss to the Colorado State Rams (23-22, 3-4) Friday night in Mountain West action at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas. CSU broke open a scoreless contest in the fifth inning with a grand slam that helped snap its eight-game losing streak to the Rebels. The loss was the sixth straight for UNLV.
An inning after leaving the bases loaded, CSU capitalized in the fifth with four runs off a home run down the line in right from Shae Rodriguez after the first three batters reached on a single, a fielder's choice and a hit-by-pitch.
The Rams added a single run in the sixth after two outs had been recorded. Taylor Hutton reached on a base on balls and then scored from first on a single to deep left center by Ashlie Ortega.
UNLV got on the board in the seventh off of two hits and two Ram errors. Tara Woodall stepped up and hit a two-out single to the left side. Paige Emerson then reached on a throwing error by the pitcher that allowed her to advance to second base and advance Woodall to third. Moments later, CSU's catcher, Emily Pohl, uncorked a wild throw to second base that went into center. Woodall scored on the throw while Emerson took third. Stefany Valentino then hit an RBI single to short to cut the deficit to three runs.
The teams combined to leave 14 runners on the bases, seven for each squad. UNLV left three in scoring position compared to two for CSU.
Kacie McCarthy (14-8) earned the win in the circle for CSU. McCarthy surrendered two unearned runs off of three hits. She walked three against five strikeouts.
Amanda Oliveto (12-14) was saddled with the loss for UNLV in 5.2 innings of work. Oliveto struck out five, but allowed five runs on five hits while walking five.
Jessica O'Connor tossed the final 1.1 frames in relief for the Rebels, and she struck out one and gave up one hit.
Notes: UNLV's six-game losing streak is the longest for the program since a six-gamer near the end of the 2008 season (April 24-28) ... UNLV has started Mountain West play 0-4 once (2006) prior to the 2012 season ... Emerson's eight-game hitting streak came to a halt tonight against CSU.
UNLV and CSU return to action Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm. The game will be aired live on The Mtn. (DirecTV Ch. 616).