REBELS SUFFER LOSS TO UVU IN WEEKEND FINALE

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Box Score: vs. Utah Valley

UNLV is shut out by Utah Valley in the final game of the Marucci Desert Classic Sunday

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV softball team (7-4) came up just short of polishing off a perfect weekend at the Marucci Desert Classic as the Rebels fell to Utah Valley 2-0 in the finale Sunday to finish 5-1 in their home tournament. After outscoring opponents 33-4 over the first five games, UNLV was shut out by the Wolverines, scattering seven hits over seven innings.

The loss halted the Rebels’ win streak at six, while it was just the second time they’ve been blanked in 11 games this season.

Sophomore Jenny Bressler fell to 3-3 on the season after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in five innings. Senior Breana Burke, who has moved into a closer role for UNLV, pitched a pair of scoreless frames to keep the Rebels within striking distance. For the weekend, Burke made one start, pitching a complete-game shutout, and did not give up a run in eight innings of relief. Fellow senior Charlie Masterson, who did not appear Sunday, was also brilliant over the weekend, allowing just two runs in 10.1 innings pitched.

Despite the loss, the UNLV pitching staff continued its stellar start through the first two weekends, allowing just six total runs in 40.0 innings to bring its season ERA to an impressive 1.15.

The story of Sunday’s game was UVU pitcher Devyn Kretz silencing the potent UNLV offense as the Rebels managed seven singles and no extra-base hits with all seven of the hits coming with two outs. UNLV’s best chance to score came in the second inning trailing 1-0 when Statia Cermak, Julia Vollmer and Maddie Schmidt hit three straight infield singles to load the bases with two down. That brought up senior Lauren Tycksen, who hit a grounder to Kretz to end the threat. The Rebels only recorded two more hits after the second inning.

UP NEXT: UNLV will hit the road for the first time in 2020, heading east to UT Chattanooga’s Frost Classic, Feb. 21-23. The Rebels open the tournament Friday against Miami-Ohio at 9 a.m. PT.