Rebels Secure Series Win In Boise With Comeback Victory|
April 14, 2018
UNLV 2 Boise State 1 | @UNLVSoftball
BOISE, IDAHO (UNLVRebels.com) - For the second straight day, UNLV softball played a tough low-scoring battle against Boise State Saturday and came away with the victory thanks to another late clutch hit. This time the Rebels were trailing entering the final frame, but loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh. With a 3-2 count, freshman Mia Trejo came through with the big hit - a single to right field to score two and give UNLV the lead for good.
The 2-1 result secured the series victory for UNLV (24-15, 6-8), marking its second Mountain West series win of the season and its third straight conference win after a string of seven straight league losses. Both of the Rebels' series wins have come on the road. This is the second series loss for Boise State (27-13, 6-5), who entered the weekend in third place in the conference and on a six-game win streak.
The formula for Saturday's win was almost identical to Friday's - strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting.
A day after Janine Petmecky pitched an eight inning shutout, sophomore Charlie Masterson threw her own complete-game gem, allowing just one run on five hits with three strikeouts. The performances by Petmecky and Masterson have been particularly impressive considering the Broncos came in as the top offensive team in the conference, hitting .360 with 37 home runs. Boise State has scored just one run total in two games facing Petmecky and Masterson.
The Rebel defense also delivered in key spots, getting a bases-loaded double play in the bottom of the sixth to keep the deficit at one and a diving catch by shortstop Samantha Diaz to end the game.
On Friday, Alyssa Navarro played hero with her eighth inning home run and on Saturday the hero was Trejo. The first baseman from Tucson, Arizona, has had a stellar freshman campaign as she entered the weekend leading the team with a .363 overall average, including a .406 clip during conference play. For the day Trejo went 2-for-3 with one double and the two runs batted in on the game-winning single.
THE TURNING POINT: Down 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth and needing to keep it there, Masterson got into a jam after Boise State used three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. The next batter sent the ball back to Masterson, who smartly threw it to catcher Brooke Stover to get the force out at the plate. Stover then got the runner at first to complete the double play. Masterson got the next batter to line out to get out of the inning unscathed. In the top of the seventh, Masterson sparked the rally with a leadoff single, which was followed by a bunt single by the speedy Jade Yadao-Valdez, a strikeout, and a single up the middle by Petmecky to load the bases with one out. After Justine Federe hit a fly ball to right for out number two, Trejo worked the count the 3-0 and then connected on her game-winner on a 3-2 pitch.
CO-REBELS OF THE GAME: Masterson had been 1-3 in conference play after a couple tough outings, but didn't let that shake her confidence against the league's top hitting team. The sophomore kept the Broncos at bay all afternoon and had the help of great defense behind her whenever she did get in a jam. It was her second MW win and her sixth overall on the season. Trejo has been on fire offensively, especially during conference play, and there was no one else UNLV would rather have had up at the plate in that situation. She battled through the at-bat and delivered.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV forced Boise State to leave five runners stranded, which proved to be huge in keeping the Rebels within striking distance.
QUOTABLE: Head coach Kristie Fox
"I thought Charlie [Masterson] threw an outstanding game today and once again our defense had some huge plays to back her up. We had a big bases loaded double play and Sami [Samantha Diaz] made a diving catch to end the game. Mia [Trejo] was really locked in all game at the plate and had a very patient and quality at-bat to put us up in the seventh."
* UNLV has won three straight conference games after a seven-game league losing streak
* The win gives the Rebels their second series victory of the season - both have come on the road
* The Rebels handed BSU it second straight loss after they'd come in to the weekend on a six game win streak and winners of nine of their last 10
* It was the fifth come-from-behind victory for UNLV this season
* At 24-15, the Rebels are one win shy of matching their total from all of 2017 with 10 regular season games left to play
* The Rebel pitching staff has limited a Boise State offense to one run after they came into the weekend with league-best 263 runs on the year
UP NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels will go for their first series sweep of the season with their third and final game against the Broncos Sunday. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. PT.