Early Runs Too Much For Rebels To Overcome
April 28, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-23 overall, 0-5 Mountain West) dropped an 8-0 decision to the Colorado State Rams (24-22, 4-4) in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium. CSU scored four runs in both the first and second innings to stake itself to an early 8-0 lead en route to the five-inning victory. The loss extends UNLV's losing streak to a season-high seven games.
The Rams got on the scoreboard quickly following a lead-off home run by Ashlie Ortega off UNLV hurler Jessica O'Connor (6-7). CSU's next two batters, Kendal Butterfield and Shae Rodriguez, were walked before O'Connor gave up a three-run homer to Emily Pohl to extend the deficit to four runs.
Pohl's home run brought an abrupt end to O'Connor's day in the circle after the senior was touched for four runs off of two hits.
Amanda Oliveto entered in relief and quickly got the next three batters to either fly out or line out to end the inning. Unfortunately, the Rams loaded the bases in the second and subsequently scored four runs consecutively - three RBI singles and one walk - to push out to their eight-run cushion.
Oliveto was credited with five innings in the circle, and she allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. She struck out four against two walks.
CSU's Kailey Snyder improved to 9-0 on the year behind a four-hit, complete-game effort. Snyder struck out four, but allowed four hits and two walks.
The teams combined to leave 11 runners on the base paths with UNLV stranding six to CSU's five. The Rebels left four in scoring position compared to three for CSU.
Notes: UNLV's seven-game losing streak is the longest for the program since a seven-game during the 2008 season (April 11-18) ... UNLV has started Mountain West play 0-5 twice (2006 and '12) since the league's initial season in 2000 ... Oliveto moved into seventh place in UNLV's career record book in strikeouts with 290.
UNLV and CSU return to action Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.