May 3, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Senior Lauren Cusick's conference-leading 18th home run of the season sparked a seven-run fifth inning by the Colorado State softball team (25-21, 5-10 MWC), as the Rams rallied with 12 runs in the final three innings to take home a 14-6 victory over host UNLV (25-35-1, 5-12 MWC).
The Rebels broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, including a 3-run homer by Rosa Ordaz off of Rams' starter Cayte Billman.
Sophomore designated player Rebecca Penland cut the UNLV lead to 4-2 with a solo homer in the top of the fourth before Cusick's long ball opened up a seven-run inning for CSU. Freshman Caitlan Stem, who finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs, two doubles and an RBI, followed Cusick with a double to left center. Sophomore Allison Majam drove in Stem to tie the game, 4-4, after a UNLV pitching change.
Sophomores Robyn Mask and Sara Sullivan blew the game open later in the inning, coming up with clutch two-out hits. Mask singled in senior Julia Kloppe and freshman Ivory Allen. Sullivan added a three-run homer to push the CSU lead to 9-4.
Junior pitcher Kim Klabough (9-10) picked up the victory for the Rams, giving two hits in relief of Billman. The Rebels added one run against Klabough, on a single to left field by freshman Ashli Holland to score sophomore Cheynah Farley in the sixth inning.
The Rams sealed the win with five more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Stem drove in Kloppe and Majam plated Mask on a sacrifice fly. Munoz then stepped to the plate with runners on first and third and belted the Rams' third home run of the game, her eighth of the season, to give the Rams a 14-6 advantage.
Klabough forced a Caitlyn Paus groundout to open the bottom of the seventh and closed out the victory with strikeouts of Stephanie Bean and Brittany Bolinger.
The Rams look for the season-sweep of the Rebels on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. MT.