Rebels Split Day Two At The Houston Invitational|
Feb. 24, 2018
HOUSTON, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV softball notched its fourth shutout of the season in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, but couldn't muster the offense to beat tournament host Houston in the night cap. The Rebels are now 11-4 on the year, marking their best start since they had the same record in 2007.
Senior Janine Petmecky has been lights out in Houston as she threw her second complete-game shutout in as many days to get her fifth win of the season with the 3-0 victory over Yale (0-4). The right-hander set a new career high in strikeouts with 10 in the game. Her previous high was eight, which she set earlier this season. Over her last two starts, Petmecky has given up just six hits and zero runs in two complete-game performances, while she has given up just two earned runs total in her last 21.1 innings pitched to go along with 25 strikeouts.
Sophomore Charlie Masterson had a strong outing against Houston, but two late solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth did her and the Rebels in as they fell to the Cougars 2-0 Saturday night.
GAME 1: UNLV 3 Yale 0
THE TURNING POINT: In the top of the second, freshman first baseman Mia Trejo crushed a ball out to center field for her second home run of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Rebels. UNLV added some cushion in the fifth after Jade Yadao-Valdez singled to lead off the inning and made it all the way to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Trejo was intentionally walked to put two on and advanced to second on a stolen base before senior Brooke Stover launched a double to left center to score both for the 3-0 lead.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Petmecky was feeling it Saturday against the Bulldogs, with six strikeouts over the first three innings, which included striking out the side in the third. She scattered four more over the final four frames for a career high 10. Petmecky was one of just two Rebels to record a multi-hit game as both her and Stover went 2-for-4 for game. Her seventh-inning triple was her second of the year as she has accounted for the only two Rebel triples this season.
STAT OF THE GAME: Six different Rebels registered hits in the game, with Petmecky and Stover recording two a piece.
GAME 2: Houston 2 UNLV 0
THE TURNING POINT: A pitcher's duel ensued through the first five-plus innings between Masterson and Houston's Savannah Heebner. In the top of the sixth, Houston got to Masterson with one out as Houston's Kaylin Crumpton sent a ball over the wall in left center. Two batters later, Mariah Garcia also got ahold of a Masterson pitch and sent it to center for the 2-0 lead and the final margin.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Despite getting tagged with the loss, Masterson was solid, allowing just three hits in five shutout innings before the sixth inning home runs.
STAT OF THE GAME: Houston's two solo home runs broke up a 12-inning scoreless streak by UNLV pitchers, with Masterson going 5.0 innings without giving up a run before allowing the solo shots in the bottom of the sixth.
* Now 11-4 on the season, the Rebels have gotten off to their best start since they had the same record in 2007. This also marks just the fifth time in program history they have started 11-4 or better to begin the year
* UNLV has four shutouts on the season, with Petmecky responsible for three of them, including two this weekend
* The loss to Houston snapped a three-game winning streak
* Dating back to Feb. 17, Petmecky has given up just two earned runs on 16 hits in her last 21.1 innings pitched, which includes three complete game performances, three wins, two shutouts, a save and 25 strikeouts
* Through the first 15 games, UNLV has committed just seven errors, while its opponents have committed 20, which includes no errors in the last four straight. Overall, the Rebels have committed zero errors in nine games this season and have just one game where they committed more than one.
UP NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV wraps up its first weekend on the road with a rematch against UTSA Sunday at 11:30 a.m. CT/ 9:30 PT in the final day of the Houston Invitational. The Rebels rallied in the seventh inning to be the Roadrunners on Friday evening.