Rebels Win One, Lose One
Feb. 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels extended their season-best winning streak to three games with a 9-5, eight-inning victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines (5-4) before suffering an 11-3 defeat to the Ohio Bobcats (6-1) on Saturday evening. The first game was capped off by a walk-off, grand slam by Stefany Valentino that gave UNLV its fifth win of the year. Unfortunately, in the night's finale, Ohio rallied from a three-run deficit with 11 runs in the final two frames for the win in the Easton Desert Classic.
UNLV's offense was paced by five batters that collected at least two hits on the day. Valentino led the quintet with three base knocks - one of which was the grand slam, four RBI while tying for the team lead in runs with two.
Against UVU, the Rebel defense was plagued by five errors that resulted in five unearned runs for the visitors from Orem, Utah. The Wolverines struck first with a run in the second that was aided by a passed ball and throwing error by catcher Emily Haslinger after Krystin Jachim led off with a single and moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt.
The Rebels extended their lead to four runs with a three-run fourth inning. Katie Uriarte led the stanza off with a walk before UVU's Tiffany Mills (4-2) recorded two straight outs. Cordova then stepped up and walked immediately before Samantha Juarez took Mill's first pitch to deep left for a three-run homer.
The Wolverines pulled within one run after their offense scored three in the fifth behind three hits and another Rebel error. Debra Lovell, Dynasty Luvai and Jazmyne Cortinas were credited with RBI after they registed a single, a sacrifice fly and a double, respectively.
UVU knotted the score up in the seventh after Jachim opened the inning with a double. She was pushed to third after a successful sacrifice attempt and then scored when Jamie North, a pinch hitter, hit a grounder to short that was misplayed by Aleman.
After holding the Wolverines scoreless in their half of the eighth, the Scarlet & Gray capitalized. Uriarte, who was placed on second to start the inning because of the international tie-breaker rule, was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Balilea. Mills then issued two unintentional walks to Tayler Van Acker and Cordova to load the bases. UVU's plan to get a force out at any base worked when Uriarte was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice put into play by Juarez. Valentino then stepped into the batter's box for the win.
Oliveto got the win in relief after initially getting the nod to start the game. She threw a combined 5.0 innings in the contest and was touched for two unearned runs off of six hits. She struck out four against three walks.
Valentino pitched three innings after entering the circle in the top half of the third. She allowed three unearned runs off of four hits. She fanned one, but walked three.
Mills threw 7.2 innings for UVU and surrendered all nine runs and seven hits. She walked six and struck out five.
Against Ohio, UNLV jumped out to a 3-0 lead through five innings of action after Aleman nailed a two-run dinger to right-center and then later scored on a run-scoring double by Heather Harrison.
The Bobcats' offense waited to pounce in the latter innings with 11 runs off of nine hits between the sixth and seventh frames. In all, they had 20 batters come to the plate in their final two at-bats.
Oliveto (5-2) was saddled with the loss in 5.1 innings of work. She gave up six runs off of five hits while walking five and striking out three. Francesca Foti and Jamie DePippo combined to throw the remainder of the affair (1.2 innings), but allowed five runs and six hits.
Lauren McClary improved to 2-0 after pitching the final 2.2 innings in relief. McClary relieved Clarke, who went 4.1 and was touched for three runs and six hits, and did not allow a run while striking out two and giving up two hits.
UNLV returns to action on Sunday afternoon with a 1:30 tilt with former Mountain West foe, the Utah Utes.