Rebels Split Saturday's Games
March 10, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The UNLV Rebels (11-12) went 1-1 for the second time in as many days at the Long Beach State Invitational held at the 49er Softball Complex. UNLV began the afternoon with a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers (11-5) in eight innings of play before a quick 3-0 blanking of the Cal State Fullerton Titans (11-14) in game two.
The Rebels had four players register two or more hits on the day with Pauline Monreal and Jaexie Balilea tying for the team lead with three apiece. Monreal topped all scorers with three runs, while five different players registered an RBI.
Amanda Oliveto earned the decision in both games and moved to 7-7 on the year with today's 1-1 marks. Oliveto took the loss against Pittsburgh, but rebounded with a one-hitter against Cal State Fullerton. Overall, she threw 10.2 innings and gave up one unearned run off of two hits. She struck out six against two walks.
Jessica O'Connor started against Pittsburgh and went four innings. O'Connor allowed two unearned runs on three hits. She struck out and walked one apiece.
Against Pittsburgh, UNLV staked itself to a 2-0 lead through four innings of play, but the Panthers evened things up at 2-all in the fifth before getting the eventual game-winner in the eighth.
The Rebels began the game with a run in the second off of two extra-base hits. Monreal led off with a double to left before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kylie Wagner. Samantha Henry then hit a triple down the line in right to easily score Monreal from third.
Tayler Aleman made it 2-0 with a solo homer to begin the fourth.
The Panthers pulled even in the fifth with help from three hits and an error. Pittsburgh got three consecutive singles to load the bases with the second one ending O'Connor's stay in the circle. Oliveto entered in relief and got the first batter she faced to strike out. She then induced a fielder's choice to third base, but it was misplayed an allowed the first run to score. A sacrifice fly was the culprit to the score being tied up at 2-all one batter later.
In the eighth inning, Pittsburgh put down a sacrifice bunt that moved its runner from second to third after the international tie-breaker had been put in play in extra innings. After the second out was recorded, Kelly Hmiel hit a grounder to second that was bobbled and allowed the winning run, Maggie Sevilla, to score.
Savannah King (9-3) picked up the win in three innings of relief for the Panthers. King allowed one hit and struck out five.
O'Connor threw the first four innings, while Oliveto picked up the final 3.2. The two combined to allow three unearned runs on four hits with three Ks and two walks.
Against Cal State Fullerton, UNLV scored twice in the second and once more in the sixth for the quick 3-0 win.
In the second inning, the Rebels got their two runs off of four hits. Monreal led off with a single before taking second on another sacrifice by Wagner. Korin Cuico then hit a single to center that pushed Monreal to third. Tara Woodall and Elena Fata followed with consecutive RBI singles to put runs on the scoreboard.
The final run crossed in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Cuico. Monreal scored, once again, after beginning the inning with a double and a sacrifice bunt by Wagner sent her up 60 feet.
Oliveto held the Titan batters in-check throughout the game. She held them hitless until the third batter of the sixth inning notched a single up the middle, which was also the only ball that left the infield against her on the day. To that point, she had only faced one batter over the minimum. In all, she only faced two over the minimum in the game.
Oliveto went the distance and was touched for only one hit and issued one walk.
Desiree Ybarra (6-7) was saddled with the loss in six innings of work. Ybarra allowed three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
UNLV action is on Sunday with a single game against Notre Dame at 1:00 pm. The game will be played at the 49er Softball Complex.