Rebels Suffer Late-Inning Loss To Ohio State
Feb. 18, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (4-4) lost a 4-3 decision to the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-4) Saturday afternoon in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Eller Media Stadium. After falling behind by three runs, UNLV chipped away to even the score at 3-all heading into the seventh, but a wild pitch in the top half of the inning was the deciding factor in the ball game.
The Buckeyes staked itself to a quick 3-0 lead behind four singles in the second frame off Amanda Oliveto (2-3). With runners on the corners, Megan Coletta broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single. Two batters later, Taylor Watkins delivered a single up the middle that plated two to extend the lead to three.
UNLV's offense resorted to the long ball in the fourth and fifth innings behind home runs from Pauline Monreal and Jaexie Balilea, respectively. It was Monreal's fourth of the season and the first for Balilea.
The Rebels manufactured the game-tying run in the sixth behind three hits off Buckeye hurler Mikayla Endicocott (2-2). Monreal hit a sky ball to center and landed out of the reach of the centerfielder's reach for a double. Emilie Valadez then entered the game as a pinch runner and quickly motored around the bases off a run-scoring single by Korin Cuico. Kylie Wagner followed with a pinch-hit single of her own that hugged the third-base line.
Unfortunately, UNLV was not able to capitalize with runners on first and second before OSU recorded the second and third outs of the inning.
Oliveto began the seventh with a strikeout, but walked Vanessa Spears one batter later. Spears moved around the bases with help from a wild pitch, a groundout and another wild pitch.
The Rebels were unable to muster a response in the bottom half of the seventh going down in order.
Endicott picked up the win in complete-game fashion. She was touched for three runs on six hits, and struck out six against three walks.
Oliveto was saddled with the loss in seven innings of work. She allowed four runs on five hits. She walked and struck out five apiece.
UNLV returns to action Sunday at 1:30 pm against the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine at Eller Media Stadium. There are 10 games on the schedule tomorrow with three at UNLV's facility and eight more at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.