Rebels Win Second Straight With 7-5 Victory Over Seattle|
Feb. 18, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After two days of doubleheaders, UNLV softball played just one single game Sunday and picked up its eighth victory of the season with a 7-5 win over Seattle on day three of the Marucci Desert Classic.
The Redhawks (6-4) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Rebels responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning to tie it before taking the lead for good in the bottom half of the second. Sophomore Charlie Masterson notched her third win of the season after giving up two runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings in relief.
UNLV's 8-2 record is its best through the first 10 games since 2010 and marks just the fifth time in program history the team has started the season 8-2 or better.
THE TURNING POINT: With the wind blowing straight out of the park, Seattle took advantage early, using a pair of home runs to left field to take a 3-0 lead. The Rebels countered immediately, getting three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first to get back in the game. They didn't stop there, however. In the next frame, Alyssa Navarro - making her first start of the season as the designated player - got UNLV going with a leadoff single. A wild pitch and two walks loaded the bases for Justine Federe, who sent a chopper to the shortstop playing shallow. She threw home to get the force out, but the catcher tried to get Federe at first and sent the ball into the right field corner, allowing all three remaining baserunners to cross home plate for a 6-3 lead.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Janine Petmecky came up big in the first inning with the Rebels facing a deficit. With two on, Petmecky sent a bullet to left field for UNLV's first triple of the season, registering her fifth and sixth RBIs. The timely hit seemed to bring the Rebels to life and they fed off the momentum for the comeback win.
STAT OF THE GAME: Five different Rebels recorded at least one hit in the game, with two - Mia Trejo and Navarro - each getting two hits.
"I think we competed well and the team had a really short memory after the loss [yesterday]. I was really proud of their maturity. It is a very young team and they've been able to handle some difficult situations we've been put into this last couple days. There's been a lot of pressure on our defense and lot of runners on base and for us to limit that damage as a pitching staff and as a defense and giving ourselves a chance to win while being this young is really impressive." - Head coach Kristie Fox
* UNLV's 8-2 record is its best through the first 10 games since 2010 and marks just the fifth time in program history the team has started the season 8-2 or better
* Fox's 8-2 record through her first 10 games as the head coach is the best mark for a UNLV head coach in his/her first season
* Through 10 games, UNLV has committed just six errors, while its opponents have committed 16
* The Rebels have given up three runs or less in seven of 10 games this season
* UNLV's four-game win streak was snapped with Saturday's 8-7 loss to UTEP, but Sunday's win started another streak of two straight
* The Marucci Desert Classic is sponsored by Marucci Sports, the official UNLV softball and baseball equipment supplie
UP NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will wrap up the Marucci Desert Classic Monday with a 2 p.m. matchup against Hawaii at Eller Media Stadium.