Rebels Complete Comeback, Defeat Rams 7-4|
April 22, 2017
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV softball team picked up a dramatic, come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon, topping Colorado State 7-4 at Ram Field. The Rebels (23-19, 6-8 Mountain West) scored three runs in the sixth to pick up a crucial MW victory winning their first MW series of the season.
UNLV starter Morgan Ettinger was in trouble early loading the bases to open the game. CSU’s (22-17, 7-8 MW) Lauren Buchanan drove in the first run via a sacrifice fly to right field. Amber Nelson then hit into a fielder’s choice off of a Justine Federe error which brought home Hale Hutton from third base. The second inning was no different as Ettinger gave up a leadoff single to Hayleigh Evans followed by another error to Federe at second base, putting runners at second and third with no outs. That allowed Madison Kilcrease to drive home Evans with a sacrifice fly making it 3-0.
After a walk to Amber Nelson, Charlie Masterson came in for Ettinger with two outs in the second inning. Buchanan drove in her second RBI of the game with a single to right-center field making it 4-0 Rams.
UNLV was able to get their first run in the third when Emily Vela, Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez and Brianna Gatlin teamed up for a pair of hits. Vela laced a single to right field to open the frame followed by a Yadao-Valdez infield single allowing her to advance on the throwing error, but Vela was thrown out trying to advance to third. Gatlin then singled through the right side to knock in Yadao-Valdez making it a 4-1 game.
In the third inning, the Rebels tied it up scoring three runs with help from two singles by Karly Bunderson and Reina Bondi. Vela walked to load the bases which allowed pinch-hit specialist Chrissi Omalza to step up to the plate and deliver on a two run single to right field. Masterson tied it up with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Vela.
The Rebel bats mounted a huge sixth inning to complete the comeback. Vela led off the sixth with an infield single followed by a Masterson hit by pitch. After Gatlin walked to load the bases, it was Janine Petmecky’s time to shine as she drilled a bases-clearing double to left-center field to make it a 7-4 ballgame.
That was all Masterson needed as she picked up her fourth win of the season (4-3). Masterson threw a scoreless relief outing pitching 5.1 innings of work allowing two hits on two strikeouts. Ettinger, who started for the Scarlet & Gray, pitched 1.2 innings of work surrendering three hits on four runs (two earned) three walks and two strikeouts.
Larisa Petakoff (7-4) was given the loss in three innings of work giving up three runs on three hits, struck out two and walked a batter.
UNLV and CSU face off in the series finale Sunday at 11:00 am PT at Ram Field.