Rebels Split Friday's Contests
Feb. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (4-3) went 1-1 on Friday night at their own Louisville Slugger Desert Classic played at Eller Media Stadium. UNLV had its three-game winning streak snapped with an 8-3 loss to the DePaul Blue Demons (4-3), but quickly rebounded and picked up its fourth win of the season with a 7-1 decision over the Idaho State Bengals (2-5) in the nightcap.
Tayler Aleman and Paige Emerson led the Rebel offense with their .571 and .500 batting averages, respectively. Aleman went 4-for-7 at the plate with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored, while Emerson countered with a 3-for-6 day and a trio of runs scored, as well.
In the circle, Jessica O'Connor notched the win against ISU to improve to 2-1 on the year with five innings of work. Unfortunately, Amanda Oliveto was saddled with the loss against DePaul and also sits 2-1.
Against DePaul, the Blue Demons broke open a scoreless game in the third with help from a throwing error by the Rebels that scored a runner from second base. They increased their lead to four with a two-run single by Lynsey Ciezki and a run-scoring single from Kirsten Verdun off Oliveto.
UNLV answered back with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Aleman that brought Emerson home from second.
DePaul pushed its lead back to four thanks to Megan Coronado's solo home run off Amber Petersen, who had entered the game in relief of Oliveto.
Jaexie Balilea and Aleman went yard in the sixth and seventh frames, respectively, but the solo shots weren't enough, as the squad from the Windy City crossed home plate three more times in the seventh.
Verdun (3-1) picked up the win in complete-game fashion, but was touched for three runs on four hits. She struck out seven against no walks.
Oliveto surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits with two K's and three walks.
Petersen was touched for four runs (three earned) in two innings of work. She walked one and struck out one.
Against ISU, the teams only provided offense in the first two innings of the game. The Rebels jumped out quickly to a 4-0 lead behind a three-run blast from Pauline Monreal and an RBI double from Samantha Henry. Emerson and Aleman scored on Monreal's shot, while Tayler Van Acker touched the dish on Henry's hit down the right-field line.
The Bengals got on the board in the second on a solo homer by Courtney Dial.
The Rebels closed out the game's scoring with three more tallies in the second. After Emerson and Balilea both singled with one out, Aleman hit a seeing-eye single through the left side to plate Emerson. Monreal then walked to load the bases prior to Van Acker's two-run single to right center.
In all, the teams combined to leave 11 runners on the bases, seven of which were in scoring position. Only one of those seven reached third base.
O'Connor allowed one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one.
Haley Douglas (0-1) was stuck with the loss for ISU in only 1.1 innings of work. Douglas gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, and walked two.
UNLV returns to action Saturday at 1:30 pm against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Eller Media Stadium, which will be the third of five games on the schedule at the facility. Eleven other games will be played at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in nearby Henderson.