Rebels Bitten By Bulldogs, Tame Bulls
March 16, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (11-17) rebounded with an 8-3 win over the Buffalo Bulls (4-16) on Saturday afternoon after a tough, 2-1 loss to the Bryant Bulldogs (4-7) earlier in the day at Sportsplex USA in Santee, Calif.
The Rebel offense was paced by six players that scattered at least two hits in the doubleheader. Stefany Valentino led the Scarlet & Gray in hits (four) and tied for the top batting average with a .500 hitting clip at the plate. Pauline Monreal amassed three hits -all doubles - in seven at-bats for a .429 BA, which trailed Valentino's and Garie Blando's (2-for-4) averages. Tayler Aleman led the team in RBI with three while Tayler Van Acker touched home plate a team-best two times.
In the circle, Amanda Oliveto went 1-0 in 8.2 innings of work. Oliveto improved to 9-8 on the year with a complete-game victory over Buffalo, which followed 1.2 innings of relief work vs. Bryant. Overall, she allowed three runs off of eight hits with five strikeouts against three walks. Francesca Foti and Valentino combined to throw 5.1 frames while giving up two runs off of six hits. Foti was tagged with the loss against Bryant, and she fell to 1-6 on the season.
Against Bryant, the Bulldogs scored the game's first run in the second off an RBI single an inning after having one would-be run wiped out on a double play when centerfielder Samantha Juarez gunned down the runner at home trying to tag from third. In the third, BU had another thrown out at the plate when a double steal was attempted.
UNLV produced its only run of the game in the fourth when Heather Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Pauline Monreal, who led off the stanza with a double before taking third off a sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Cordova. Coincidentally, it was Harrison who was credited with the put outs at home in the first and third innings.
After a scoreless fifth, Bryant loaded the bases in the sixth, which resulted in the go-ahead run. They got a walk and a single off of Foti before a groundout to first moved both into scoring position. Oliveto was then summoned from the bullpen. Unfortunately, she walked the first batter she faced before Mollie Anderson hit a swinging bunt that rolled a few feet out in front of home plate and allowed the game-winning run to score.
Valentino attempted to get a Rebel rally started in the team's final at-bat, but she was left stranded at second base for the third time in the affair after she delivered a two-out double to right-center to keep the frame alive. Jaexie Balilea joined her on the base paths when she was plunked by a pitch before a grounder ended the game.
In all, the teams left a total of 14 runners on base. Five of the eight for UNLV were stuck in scoring position compared to two of six for the Bulldogs.
BU's Brittany Hart improved to 4-3 after throwing 6.2 innings before giving way to teammate Ellie Madsen for the final out and a save. Hart allowed one run off of seven hits and a walk.
Against Buffalo, the teams combined to score five runs in the opening inning. UNLV got two off a double down the line in left by Monreal to plate Van Acker and Aleman. UB countered with one off a single by Alyssa Ward and two more off Jessica Griffin's double.
The three runs were all that Oliveto would give up although she forced the Bulls to leave 12 on the bases during the remainder of the game, eight of which were in scoring position.
The Rebels added two more runs to the scoreboard in the second with assistance from UB's catcher Alexis Curtiss, who let Katie Uriarte reach first following a catcher's interference. Uriarte wound up stealing second before moving to third on an illegal pitch issued by Tori Speckman. She then scored on a single by Garie Blando prior to a two-run triple by Van Acker.
UNLV closed out its scoring with a three-run triple by Aleman in the fourth. Juarez, Blando and Van Acker scored on the hit after the first two reached via singles and the last one was hit by a pitch.
Speckman (2-3) was saddled with the loss in only 1.1 innings of work. She gave up five runs (two earned) off of five hits. Heather Ryder pitched the final 5.2 frames in relief for UB, and she allowed three runs off of six hits.
UNLV closes out its stay at the San Diego Classic II with an early outing against Massachusetts at 9:00 am at Sportsplex USA.