REBELS CAN’T RALLY AFTER SPARTANS GRAB EARLY LEAD

San Jose State scored six runs in the the first two innings to take game two and the Mountain West series against the Rebels

San Jose State 6 UNLV 2 | @UNLVSoftball

SANTA CLARA, California (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV softball gave up six early runs and couldn’t find enough offense to rally back in game two against the Spartans Friday as the Rebels suffered a 6-2 defeat to San Jose State.

The loss ensures SJSU of the series win and marks the fourth straight Mountain West defeat for UNLV, who moved to 20-12 on the year and 3-5 in conference play. The league-leading Spartans are now 23-10 and have only lost once during MW play at 7-1.

Sophomore Charlie Masterson got the start in the circle and was tagged with her fifth loss this year after allowing five of the six Spartan runs, three of them earned, before giving way to fellow sophomore Breana Burke in the second. Burke gave up the final SJSU run in the inning, but pitched four scoreless innings after that with three strikeouts.

The Rebels avoided a shutout as they were able to get two runs in the top of the sixth. Junior Myranda Bueno led off the inning with a single and made it to second safely on a SJSU error after a Jade Yadao-Valdez fielders choice. Sophomore Reina Bondi then singled to load the bases and Janine Petmecky followed that with an RBI fielder’s choice to plate Bueno from third. Senior catcher Brooke Stover, whose nine-game hitting streak ended Thursday in game one, singled to the pitcher to score the second run, but that would be all they would get in the inning.

UNLV’s offense has hit a bit of a bump in the road as it has managed just three runs over its last 27 innings after the Rebels had scored 19 in a span of 10.

The Rebels will have another chance to get their bats back on track and finish out the weekend with a win in Saturday’s series finale.

THE TURNING POINT: Trailing 2-0 and hoping to keep it there, the Rebels allowed four more runs in the second. Masterson gave up a leadoff double, then the Spartans got two straight singles to score another. After Burke relieved Masterson, the Spartans advanced the runners with a fielders choice, then hit a single that scored another. That was followed by a double, which appeared to only allow the Spartans to score one with the second runner thrown out at the plate for the third out, but instead both runs were counted as UNLV was called for blocking the plate.

STAT OF THE GAME: Bondi was the only Rebel to record more than one hit in the game as she went 2-for-3 on the day.

REBEL NOTES:
* The loss was the Rebels’ fourth straight, marking the longest losing streak of the season
* Masterson fell to 5-5 on the year overall
* The Rebels have scored three runs in its last 27 innings after scoring 19 in a span of 10, which included back-to-back run rule wins over New Mexico and Utah State

UP NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The series finale between the Rebels and the Spartans will get underway Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.