Rebels Split Day One Of Rebel Classic
March 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (13-18) split their pair of softball games at the Rebel Classic on Friday evening. UNLV began the day with a 13-1, five-inning loss to the #19/18 Tulsa Golden Hurricane (25-5), before it claimed a 5-3 decision over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (25-11) in the nightcap.
The UNLV offense was led by Stefany Valentino, who had a team-best three hits (3-for-5) and .600 batting average. Tayler Aleman was the only other Rebel to amass multiple hits on the day with a pair, and they translated to a .400 hitting clip (2-for-5). Aleman was tops on the squad in RBI (two) and runs (two).
Against Texas Tech, UNLV took an early 2-0 lead after the first frame of action. Jaexie Balilea got things started when she was hit by a pitch with one out. Balilea then moved into scoring position after a groundout by Tayler Van Acker before scoring on a single through the right-side by Aleman. Alyssa Cordova then smashed a triple to the fence in right to score Aleman from first with ease.
The Rebels pushed their lead to three runs with a score in the second. Pauline Monreal led off the stanza with single to center. Tara Woodall sacrificed Monreal to second prior to an RBI single by Valentino to right-center.
Tech pulled within one run after scoring twice in the fourth. After seeing their first two batters sent back to the dugout, Amanda Oliveto walked four straight, which resulted in the first Red Raider run. The second scored when a throw to the circle saw the ball end up in the outfield.
UNLV added two insurance runs in the sixth to extend the lead back to three. Aleman and Katie Uriarte reached safely after each hit singles. Monreal joined them on the bases when she was plunked by a Brittany Talley offering. Emily Haslinger then moved all the runners up one base when she hit a sacrifice fly to right. The Rebels' second run scored when Talley uncorked a wild pitch that brought Uriarte home.
The visitors from Lubbock made the finish interesting when they loaded up the bases in the seventh. Tech got runners on first and second following a hit and a hit-by-pitch. Oliveto then struck out two straight before issuing a walk to load the bags. With the bases loaded, Mikey Kenney hit a grounder to third that was misplayed and allowed one run to score and cut the lead to two. Oliveto then got the next batter to line out to Van Acker at first for the final out.
The seventh inning was just a microcosm of how things went for the Red Raider offense against UNLV. Not only did Tech leave the bases loaded in the seventh, but it did so in the first and third innings. Overall, they left 15 runners on the bases, 11 of which were in scoring position. UNLV, on the other hand, left four on through the duration of the game with a pair stranded at third.
Oliveto tallied her 15th complete game on the year, and she improved to 11-9 on the year. She was touched for three runs (one earned) off of eight hits. She struck out nine, but also walked nine.
Gretchen Aucoin (5-1) was saddled with the loss for Tech in 2.0 innings of work. Aucoin struck out four, but allowed three runs off of four hits. Talley threw the final 4.0 innings for the Red Raiders, and she gave up two runs off of three hits. She fanned three in the game.
Against Tulsa, the game was scoreless through two innings of play before the nationally-ranked Golden Hurricane erupted for five runs in the third and eight more in the fourth to seal the game in its favor.
The two teams combined to leave six runners on between the first 2.5 innings. The Rebels were responsible for five of those, four of which were left in scoring position.
After seeing UNLV leave ducks on the pond, TU made the most of its opportunities in the third and fourth. The Golden Hurricane put together five hits and two walks to get the five runs across in the third. They only needed two hits an inning later to score eight more. Three errors, three walks and one hit-by-pitch assisted TU in its scoring that frame.
The Rebels scored their only run in the fifth after loading the bases. Valentino and Balilea reached on singles while Van Acker walked. Aleman then hit a fielder's choice grounder to short that allowed Valentino to score and end the shutout bid.
Oliveto was saddled with the loss against Tulsa in only 3.0 innings of work. She allowed five runs off of five hits. She struck out four against four walks. Francesca Foti threw the final inning for UNLV, and all eight runs that scored during her watch were unearned. She did give up three hits and three walks.
TU's Lacey Middlebrooks picked up her 10th win of the year to improve to 10-2 overall. UNLV scored once off Middlebrooks behind three hits. She did walk five, but also struck out four.
UNLV returns to Eller Media Stadium once more in the Rebel Classic with another meeting against Tulsa at 1:30 pm. Boise State and Texas Tech will play a doubleheader starting at 9:00 am before the UNLV-Tulsa game.
Prior to the Rebel contests today, Tulsa knocked off Texas Tech by four runs, 5-1.
NOTES: Oliveto moved up in two categories in UNLV's career pitching record book on Friday ... She now sits in a sixth place tie in complete games (55) and eighth place tie in appearances (103) ... She also became only the fourth pitcher in program history to notch 400 or more strikeouts ... She achieved the feat against Tulsa ... Currently, she has 410 for her career.