Rebels Lose a Pair To Feline Foes
Feb. 22, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (5-7) dropped a pair of contests in their first day of competition at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The Rebels suffered a 5-3 loss to BYU to open their five-game set at Big League Dreams Sports Park before losing 6-1 to #11 Louisiana State in the nightcap.
Against BYU, the Rebels fell behind 1-0 after Gordy Bravo singled home JC Clayton from second after she had initially reached on an infield single. UNLV countered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame when Tayler Aleman hit an RBI single to left. Stefany Valentino led off with a walk and moved around the bases following a walk and a fly out before scoring on Aleman's hit.
Aleman factored in the scoring once again when she was hit by a pitch from Tori Almond to lead off the fourth. She came around to score the team's first of two runs in the inning when Heather Harrison laced a double to right-center. Hannah Howell was then summoned from the bullpen for BYU and instantly got two quick outs. Emilie Valadez, who entered as a pinch runner for Harrison, took third on a fielding error by the Cougar short stop prior to an RBI single by Pauline Monreal.
The Cougars scored three times in the sixth to take control of the contest behind two hits and a Rebel error. The first two runs crossed the plate via wild pitches while the third was off a sacrifice fly by Megan Arnold.
BYU added an insurance run in the seventh when Alex Shamo-Hudson knocked in Bravo from second with a single.
Jamie DePippo (0-1) was stuck with the loss, her first as a Rebel, in 0.1 innings pitched. DePippo was touched for one run off of one hit and a walk. Valentino started the game and threw 5.0 stanzas, and she allowed three runs (two earned) off six hits. Francesca Foti tossed the final 1.2 innings for the Rebels and gave up one run off of two hits.
Howell (2-4) earned the win for BYU in 4.0 innings of relief work. She did not allow a run while striking out three against one hit. Almond earned the start for the Cougars, but allowed three runs (two earned) off three hits.
Against LSU, UNLV struck first with a run in the first after loading up the bases without registering a hit. Monreal stepped up with the bases juiced and earned an RBI when she was plunked by Ashley Czechner (2-0) that scored Jaexie Balilea from third.
Rikki Alcaraz was the main culprit in the game turning in LSU's favor with a run and two RBI singles spread between the third and sixth innings. Alcaraz tied the game when she scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the third. She then recorded consecutive singles in the fourth and sixth to push the advantage for the Bayou Bengals to two runs. They scored three more in the sixth to extend the lead to five.
Czechner pitched a complete game for the win after allowing one run off of four hits. She struck out eight against five hits.
Foti (0-2) was saddled with the loss in six innings of work. She scattered 13 hits and allowed six runs, only one of which was earned. She struck out two while walking two.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday night with an 8:00 pm game against Loyola Marymount.