Rebels Close Out Classic With A Loss
Feb. 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels saw their season record evened at 5-5 with Sunday's 14-6, five-inning loss to the Utah Utes (4-6) at Eller Media Stadium in the Easton Desert Classic. After each team scored once in the opening stanza, Utah erupted for 10 runs between the second and third innings to distance themselves from its former conference foes. UNLV concluded the Classic with a 3-2 overall mark.
The Utes got on the board first after loading the bases following their first two batters recording outs. Kate Dickman got the offense going with a walk issued by Stefany Valentino (0-2). Dickman was quickly joined on the base paths by Chalese Fankhauser and Marissa Mendenhall, who had singled and reached via a walk, respectively. Mariah Ramirez then delivered and RBI single to left to open up the scoring.
UNLV answered with a run-scoring single by Tayler Aleman that plated Valentino from third. Valentino led off the bottom half of the first with a single of her own before moving base to base off a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
The visitors from Salt Lake City took control of the game with a four-run second that saw them alternate two singles and two doubles to open the inning. Jackie Sweet broke the 1-all stalemate with an RBI single while teammate Kelsi Hoopiiaina added two more scores with a double. Dickman added the fourth run with a sacrifice fly.
The Rebels got one run back in the second when Pauline Monreal scored from second off a combination of a wild pitch by Ramirez and a wayward throw that resulted in an error by Ute catcher Shelby Pacheco.
Unfortunately, the home squad saw the lead grow to nine runs when Utah added six more tallies in the third. Naomi Amu capped off the inning's scoring with a grand slam to deep center.
Aleman factored in the Rebels' scoring again with a run in the fourth after she led off with a double and came around after Heather Harrison hit a double, as well.
In the fifth, Utah scored three times as did UNLV. Emily Haslinger, Harrison and Woodall were responsible for plating the Rebel runs following a double, single and a bases loaded walk, respectively.
Ramirez (2-3) earned the win in four innings of relief work for Utah. She was touched for four runs off of seven hits, while striking out one against two walks. She relieved Amu, who started the game, but only lasted one inning.
Valentino was stuck with the loss after going 2.1 innings in her start. She surrendered nine runs off of nine hits and two walks. Jamie DePippo threw the final 2.2 frames for the Rebels, and she gave up five runs off of eight hits. She fanned one and walked one.
UNLV returns to action next Friday, Feb. 22 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Rebels will open up their five-game slate with games against BYU (1:00 pm) and #10/11 Louisiana State (5:30 pm) at Big League Dreams Park in Cathedral City, Calif.