Rebels Earn First Conference Win in Logan|
March 19, 2017
LOGAN, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV Softball found its offense in Sunday's series finale at Utah State, scoring six runs in the first inning in an eventual 8-5 victory to avoid the sweep and wrap up the first weekend of conference play. Freshman Charlie Masterson earned her first career collegiate win after giving up three runs in four innings pitched, helping the Rebels improve to 17-11 on the year and 1-2 in the Mountain West.
After experiencing some struggles her last three starts, Ettinger entered the game in relief for Masterson, and while she gave up two runs in three innings, she was able to hold off an Aggie comeback and secure the win.
The first inning burst started with a Reina Bondi leadoff single, followed by the seventh double of the season by Brianna Gatlin to bring Bondi home. After Janine Petmecky walked to put runners on first and third, Kiley Harrison came to the plate with one out and singled to load the bases. That brought Masterson up to the plate, who battled to a 2-2 count before getting hit by a pitch to walk in another run. With the bags still full, Myranda Bueno delivered with a single through the right side to score Petmecky and Harrison. A Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez groundout advanced Bueno and Masterson to second and third, respectively, and Chrissi Omalza, pinch hitting for shortstop Karly Bunderson, was able to knock a single to centerfield to score Bueno and Masterson and complete the six spot in the opening frame.
The Aggies responded quickly in the bottom of the first, getting two runs across the plate on two hits and a pair of errors by the Rebels. Masterson and the Rebels settled down after that, with Masterson only giving up one more run in the bottom of the third and UNLV not committing another error the remainder of the game.
UNLV got the run back in the top of the fourth after singles by Bunderson and Bondi and a pair of Aggie errors put runners on first and third with one out. That brought up RBI specialist Petmecky, who flied out to center to bring Bunderson home with her team-leading 19th RBI on the season.
Ettinger replaced Masterson to start the fifth and gave up a leadoff single, but retired the next three batters to end the inning. In the sixth, the Aggies used a leadoff walk and back-to-back doubles to score two more, but that's as close as they would get as the Rebels gave Ettinger a three-run cushion in the top of the seventh on an Abby Howard two-out RBI to make the score 8-5. The senior right-hander put an exclamation point on the win in the bottom of the seventh, striking out Utah State's best hitter Victoria Saucedo for the first out of the inning before a double play ended the game.
The eight runs and 10 hits were a welcome sight for the Rebels, who had managed just four runs on 11 hits total over the first two games of the series. It was the sixth time this season the Rebels have recorded double-digits hits -- all wins for UNLV.
The Rebels will return to Eller Media Stadium on Friday, March 24 for its Mountain West home-opener as they host New Mexico for a three game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. PT.