Pirates Sail Past Rebels Sunday
March 4, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (9-10) suffered a 5-0 setback to the Seton Hall Pirates (6-8) Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Eller Media Stadium Classic. The loss was the third straight for UNLV after it had previously rattled off three consecutive victories.
The Pirates jumped out early with a quick 2-0 lead through two innings of play. Brittany Hammer led off the game by taking Jessica O'Connor's (3-3) first pitch to the opposite field and over the fence in left for the first score. SHU picked up its second run in the second inning off an RBI single by Colltey Sheldon. The first two batters reached via a single and walk, and then moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt.
After two scoreless frames, SHU tacked on three more scores with help from four hits in the fifth. With two runners on, Laura Canulli hit a two-run double to right center to push her squad's lead to four. Sara Haefeli immediately followed with an RBI single up the middle to cap the day's scoring.
UNLV had its opportunities to score, but never capitalized throughout the affair. The Rebels left five stranded in the game, three of which at second base. They got runners on first and second in the first to no avail. Another runner was left at second in the third.
The sixth inning had the most promise for the Rebels, as they quickly loaded up the bases with one out. Stefany Valentino and Tayler Aleman both reached after hitting singles, while Tayler Van Acker walked. With Pauline Monreal at the plate, SHU's Jen Metzger (3-2) uncorked a wild pitch off the backstop. The catcher, Nicole Lowenstein, caught the carom off the net behind the plate and threw to Canulli at third to get Valentino out at the hot corner. Metzger then got Monreal to foul out to end the threat.
Metzger picked up the win in complete-game fashion. She did not allow a run, while allowing only four hits. She struck out four against two walks.
O'Connor was saddled with the loss in 1.1 innings of work. She was touched for two runs off of four hits. She struck out and walked one apiece.
Amber Petersen and Amanda Oliveto combined to pitch the final 5.2 frames of action. Petersen went three innings and gave up three runs on five hits. She fanned three, but walked two. Oliveto, on the other hand, went 2.2 with one hit and two Ks.
UNLV hits the road for the remainder of the month with 17 consecutive games away from Las Vegas. The Rebels head to Long Beach, Calif., for the Long Beach State Invitational beginning Friday, March 9. They open up with North Carolina at 9:00 am, before facing Eastern Kentucky at 11:30 am. All of UNLV's games in Long Beach will be played at LBSU's on-campus facility.