Rebels Unable To Tame The Lions
Feb. 23, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (5-8) suffered a 4-1 setback to the Loyola Marymount Lions (4-6) on Saturday evening at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The loss was the third straight for UNLV this weekend at the Big League Dreams Sports Park and fifth straight defeat overall dating back to last week's Easton Desert Classic.
LMU struck first with two runs in third inning after the first two frames produced only one hit and no runs. The Lions got the scoring started with a one-out triple from Meghan Von Behren, who scored one batter later off a throwing error on a ball put in play by Danielle Smith. The error allowed Smith to advance to second before taking third on a single and a sacrifice fly by Meghan Harman.
UNLV cut the deficit in half when Tayler Van Acker hit a run-scoring up the middle to plate Stefany Valentino from third. Valentino led off the inning with a bunt single and moved around the bases after a single by Jaexie Balilea and a sacrifice bunt from Tayler Aleman.
The Lions pushed their lead back to two runs with an RBI single from Nicole Clowdus in the bottom half of the inning prior to a run-scoring double from Olivia Alvarez in the fifth.
The teams combined to leave 13 runners on the bases in the game, eight of which belonged to UNLV. Six of those eight were stranded in scoring position. The Rebels left the bases juiced in the fourth before leaving runners on third in the fifth and seventh and on second in the sixth and seventh. Four of LMU's five runners were left standing on second base when the inning ended.
Amanda Oliveto (5-3) was stuck with the loss after pitching six innings. Oliveto allowed four runs (two earned) off of nine hits, while striking out three.
Dana Waldusky (2-4) picked up the win in complete-game fashion for LMU. Waldusky gave up one run off of five hits, while fanning five against one walk.
UNLV closes out its three-day run at the Classic with a pair of games on Sunday. The Scarlet & Gray will face #9/11 Oregon (11:30 am) before an encounter with Long Beach State (2:00 pm).