Rebels Give Up Three Unanswered Late In Loss
April 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Colorado State Rams (25-22, 5-4 Mountain West) scored three unanswered runs over the final two innings to claim a 5-3 victory over the UNLV Rebels (19-24, 0-6 MW) Sunday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium. The victory wrapped up a series sweep for CSU and propelled UNLV to its first-ever 0-6 start to a conference season - dating back to 1985. The loss was also the eighth consecutive for the Rebels.
CSU jumped on the board early when Emily Pohl smashed a two-run home run over the stadium's scoreboard in left field. Shae Rodriguez scored on the blast after initially reaching on a base on balls issued by Amanda Oliveto (12-15).
The game remained a 2-0 affair until the Rebels produced three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. After the first out had been recorded, UNLV got runners on first and second via a walk and a fielder's choice. Samantha Juarez, who reached via walk, moved to third after an errant throw from CSU third baseman Chelsea Biglow went wide of second base following Korin Cuico's grounder. With runners on the corners, Elena Fata dropped bunt down the third-base line that easily scored Juarez from third and cut the deficit in half. Paige Emerson followed with a two-run triple to left-center that gave UNLV a 3-2 lead.
The lead was short-lived for UNLV, as CSU scored twice in the sixth to stake itself to a one-run cushion. Oliveto retired the first two batters she faced, but a fielding error and a dropped third strike allowed the Rams to put runners on second and first, respectively. Ashlie Ortega then stepped up and smashed a double to the gap in left to score the two and put her squad ahead for good.
Lyssa Roberts tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with a run-scoring single up the middle for the visitors.
McCarthy picked up the win for CSU in complete-game fashion. She was touched for three runs (two earned) off of three hits. She struck out five against two walks.
Oliveto was saddled with the loss in seven innings of work. She struck out five, but allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks.
Notes: UNLV's eight-game losing streak is the longest for the program since a 10-game stretch during the 2006 season ... UNLV's eight-game home losing streak is tied for the longest in the program's history (1987 and '88) ... UNLV's 0-6 start to Mountain West play is the first time since the league's first season (2000) that the program has been winless.
The Rebels hit the road for the final time during the 2012 regular season with a three-game set against the New Mexico Lobos next weekend in Albuquerque. UNLV and UNM open things up on Friday evening at 6:00 pm MT (5:00 pm PT).