Rebels Kept Off The Scoreboard In Sunday's Loss|
April 23, 2017
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV softball team (23-20 overall, 6-9 Mountain West) was kept off the scoreboard by the Colorado State Rams (23-17, 8-10) Sunday at Ram Field. CSU was able to push across a run in the fourth and fifth innings en route to its series finale win.
The Rebels only mustered three hits in the affair against CSU's Bridgette Hutton, who improved to 7-8 behind Sunday's complete-game effort. Hutton struck out one against two walks.
UNLV's first hit came in the second inning when Emily Vela laced one up the middle with one out, but Brooke Stover grounded into an inning-ending double play. Janine Petmecky was responsible for the second hit for the Scarlet & Gray, while the third and final hit came in the sixth off of Mara Kemmer with a double down the left-field line. Unfortunately, Kemmer was left on the base paths when Hutton got the next two batters to fly out.
Kemmer and Breana Burke (3-2) began the contest with five straight outs, but CSU was able to break the stalemate in the fourth with a run off two hits. Madison Kilcrease got things started by getting on third base with a walk, stole second base and tagged up from second on a fly out. Amber Nelson stepped up to the plate and smacked a double to left field moments before starting pitcher Hutton singled to left field to make it 2-0 Rams.
CSU added an insurance tally off of Charlie Masterson in the fifth when Haley Hutton, who reached on a one-out hit by pitch, advanced to second when Tayrn Arcarese reached first on a fielder's choice by way of an error from Karly Bunderson at shortstop. Lauren Buchanan too reached second on another error by Bunderson allowing Hutton to score. Hannah McCorkhill pushed across the final two runs with a single to right field to it 5-0.
Burke was saddled with the loss in 3.2 innings of work out of the bullpen. She was touched for two runs on three hits and walked a batter. Masterson, who came in relieve Burke, pitched the final 1.1 innings giving up three runs on one hit and one strikeout. Starting pitcher Kemmer pitched only one inning with two strikeouts.
The Rebels return to Eller Media Stadium for a three-game conference series against the Fresno State Bulldogs next weekend. Game one of the set is scheduled for a 6:00 pm first pitch Friday, April 28. Saturday's affair is at 4:00 pm, while Sunday's finale is set for 12:00 pm.