Bruins Thwart Rebels' Upset Bid
March 10, 2013
LAKEWOOD, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (8-16) nearly notched their second upset win over a nationally-ranked team in as many days this weekend, but Sunday's bid came up short due to a seventh-inning rally. UNLV carried a two-run lead into the seventh only to see the #9 UCLA Bruins (21-4) score three times in their final at-bat for a 4-3 win.
The game began the same as the previous three contests UNLV played in this weekend at the Long Beach State Invitational with the game's first run not scoring until the fourth inning or later.
Prior to the fourth, UCLA had left a total of five runners on the bases - two of which were stranded at second base. Britney Rodriguez gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead when she hit a solo blast to left to break the scoreless affair.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Rebels loaded up the bases with two out thanks to a walk (Stefany Valentino), a double (Tayler Van Acker) and a hit-by-pitch (Alyssa Cordova). Pauline Monreal then turned the tide of the game when she erased the one-run deficit by clearing the bases with a triple to center.
Both squads threatened to put up more runs in the fifth, but to no avail. UCLA left runners on first and second before Samantha Juarez was stuck at third when the final out of the stanza was recorded. Juarez led off the inning with a single and moseyed around the bases thanks to a sacrifice bunt and an illegal pitch.
After a quiet sixth, the team from Westwood made the most of its final at-bats in the seventh. Allexis Bennett got the rally started with a single before Gracie Goulder and B.B. Bates hit back-to-back doubles. Bates' two-bagger resulted in two runs, which knotted the game at 3-all. UCLA managed to load up the bases when the next two batters reached via an error and a walk. Brittany Moeai then delivered the game-winning hit - a single through the right-side of the infield - to score Bates from 60-feet away.
Amanda Oliveto (7-8), who became only the eighth Rebel hurler in program history to throw 500 innings in a career, was saddled with the complete-game loss after she allowed four runs off of 10 hits. Oliveto struck out eight against three walks.
UCLA's Ally Carda improved to 13-2 with the win in complete-game fashion. Carda was touched for three runs off of three hits. She issued one walk, but struck out seven.
The Rebels return to California for the third time next weekend with an appearance at the San Diego Classic II in Santee, Calif. UNLV is scheduled to open up play on Friday, March 15 at 9:00 am against UT Arlington. The Scarlet & Gray will also face Marist at 2:00 pm later that day before contests against Bryant, Buffalo and Massachusetts the following two days.