Rebels Show No Love To The Spartans
Feb. 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels evened their 2013 record to 3-3 with their 2-1 win over the San Jose State Spartans (4-3) on Thursday night in the Easton Desert Classic. UNLV got a two-run home run from Tayler Aleman in the first inning and those scores stood up behind a dominant pitching effort from Amanda Oliveto (3-1) in the circle.
After SJSU recorded two hits to no avail to start the game, Stefany Valentino led off the bottom half of the first with a walk. Following a sacrifice bunt by Garie Blando, Aleman drilled Amanda Pridmore's offering - a 3-1 pitch - over the fence in left.
The Rebels maintained a two-run cushion through four frames of action until the Spartans began a two-out rally in the fifth. With a runner on first and two outs, SJSU got a single from Markesha Collins and a walk issued to Michelle Cox to load the bases. Jessica Garcia then stepped up and hit a grounder into the hole at short that was misplayed and allowed Nicole Schultz to score from third. Oliveto got out of the bases-loaded jam by getting the next batter to pop out to second.
Overall, the Spartans left seven runners on the bases, four of which were in scoring position. UNLV, on the other hand, had three runners stranded on the night with two standing on second base.
Oliveto picked up the win after throwing her third complete game of the season. She was touched for eight hits and one unearned run, while striking out eight against two walks.
Pridmore (3-3) was saddled with the loss behind six innings of work. She allowed two runs off of two hits. She fanned five, but walked three.
UNLV was originally scheduled to play twice on Friday, but due to a team's travel quandary the Scarlet & Gray will only take the diamond once - a 1:30 pm contest against Portland State. Some other games have been altered as well throughout the remainder of the tournament, but that is the only change for the Rebels.
Notes: Aleman has started the 2013 season with a six-game hitting streak, which has seen her amass a .389 batting average and scatter seven hits, both figures are tops on the team for players with four or more hits.