May 13, 2011
By Meredith Danner
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Rams fell behind early and later took the lead, but the UNLV Rebels ultimately took the lead back for good on Friday, downing CSU, 10-8, at Eller Media Stadium.
CSU drops to 8-42 (1-13 MWC) with the loss, while third-place UNLV improves to 26-18 (8-5 MWC) with the victory. The outcome marked the smallest margin of loss for the Rams since April 8th, when they lost by one run to UNLV in Fort Collins.
"I think we are seeing some carryover (from last weekend)," CSU Head Coach Jen Fisher said. "I think the pitchers are impriving a little bit at a time, and I think the defense is starting to make some good plays."
UNLV led, 5-0, going into the fifth inning, but the Rams answered in the top of the frame with six runs. With two runners on base and one out, freshman Morghan Doughty (2-for-4) belted a three-run home run to left field, her eighth of the season.
Junior Lyssa Roberts later scored an unearned run on a fielding error by UNLV second baseman Ashli Holland, followed by an RBI single from sophomore Brittany Palish (1-for-4) to force a UNLV pitching change.
CSU sophomore pinch runner Kelli Groy later scored on an illegal pitch to bring in the Rams' sixth run and take a 6-5 lead. Senior Caitlan Stem (2-for-4) added two more runs in the next inning with her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field.
Freshman Alexa Cash started in the circle for the Rams and gave up just one extra-base hit, a home run in the third. Cash gave up five runs in over the first three innings and held the Rebels scoreless in the next two, but they would eventually answer the Rams' six-run fifth. After two RBI singles and a fielding error by left-fielder Brianna Donahue brought around three more runs, freshman Desiree Laswell entered the game in relief of Cash. UNLV outfielder Pauline Monreal grounded out to second with the bases loaded to bring in the winning run.
"I was really happy with [Alexa Cash]," Fisher said. "I think the endurance is going to come from her. I'm excited about her future. For her to keep a good hitting team like UNLV at bay for that long, I thought that was a good outing."
The Rams will play their final game of the 2011 season on Saturday against UNLV at 2 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. (Comcast channel 411, DirecTV 616) and replayed on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.