April 12, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Colorado State softball team battled UNLV through 10 innings on Saturday, eventually falling, 13-12, despite an early lead of seven runs. With the loss, the Rams’ season-long eight-game winning streak was snapped, bringing their record to 23-10, 4-4 MW.
"We couldn’t’ score in the late innings, which was frustrating. Our bats seemed to have gone to sleep after the fifth," said Head Coach Jen Fisher. "I think if we pushed forward and tried to hold them down more, we could have pulled through. It was pretty frustrating."
CSU scored once in the first and four times in the second, but UNLV (17-22, 7-4 MW) matched CSU in both innings. In the first, Chelsea O’Connor’s double scored Haley Hutton, and in the second, Hutton scored Jaelyn Manzanares, and O’Connor hit a three-run homer.
After a silent third, CSU blew the game open with five runs in the fourth.
Manzanares led off the inning with a double to left-center, one of four hits in the inning. Following a Hutton walk and stolen base and O’Connor intentional walk, junior Shae Rodriguez singled to right field, bringing in a pair. A run-scoring wild pitch, walk and single later, the Rams again had the bases loaded. This time senior Alysa Greckel came through with a two-run single to left.
The Rams would lead by as many as seven – 12-5 – adding two more runs in the top of the fifth.
That’s when UNLV fought its way back, however, scoring four times in the bottom of the fifth on an Emily Haslinger grand slam, and twice in the sixth and one time in the seventh.
"The middle infielders played well and that kept us in the game," Fisher continued. "Those could have been bigger innings. Besides that, it was hard to give up the grand slam. We felt like we left that take the wind out of us even though we had a good size lead. We need to be more aggressive on the mound and we just couldn’t quite get it done there."
After two scoreless extra innings for both teams, UNLV was able to manufacture a run in the 10th, leading off the inning with a double by Samantha Jaurez. She advanced to third on a bunt single, and following an intentional walk to load the bases, scored on a Jamie Depippo single to left to win the game.
Eight different Rams recorded hits, including four with multi-hit games. Manzanares had a team-most three hits, scoring twice. Hutton had three runs scored and two RBI, while O’Connor had two runs and four RBI.
Sophomore Holly Reinke, who got the win Friday night, took the loss (12-5), despite allowing just one run over three-plus frames. Junior Molly Randle started the game and pitched into the fifth. She allowed nine earned runs, but departed with the lead. Freshman Larisa Petakoff tossed two frames before Reinke was put in the bottom of the seventh.
"Holly did a good job staying in there and keeping them scoreless for two innings," Fisher said. "She held them scoreless for her part through the seventh, eighth, and ninth. There was a lot of pressure on her, but she did a nice job.”
The rubber game of the series will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. MT.
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