Rebels Buffalo Their Way Past Lady Bison
March 24, 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (16-14) knocked off the Lipscomb Lady Bison (19-8) by a 5-3 final score Saturday evening at Cal Poly's Mustang Classic held at Bob Janssen Field. The win was the second in as many games for the Rebels after they defeated Ball State by a three-run margin, 3-0, earlier in the day.
Lipscomb evened the score at 2-all with a pair of runs off of three hits. Rena' Cothron led off the frame with a single before stealing second base. Mollie Mitchell joined Cothron on the bases after she was walked by Jessica O'Connor. Caroline Mason and Haley Elliott then delivered back-to-back RBI singles to pull the Lady Bison even.
The Rebels countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the third and two more in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Aleman scored the go-ahead run after she led off the inning with a walk. She made her way to third base after a wild pitch was uncorked by Ashley Anderson (3-4) and a groundout. Monreal then laced a single to right to put UNLV up for good.
Samantha Henry and Elena Fata opened the fourth with consecutive singles, which led to the team's final two scores. Katie Uriarte, who entered the game as a pinch runner, and Fata each moved up 60-feet on sacrifice bunt by Paige Emerson. Jaexie Balilea then stepped up and hit a sacrifice fly into first-base foul territory that allowed Uriarte to race home for a run. Aleman followed with a single to center to cap the scoring.
The Lady Bison added a run in the top of the fifth off a ground out. Mitchell led off with a walk, took third on a double by Mason, and scored on Elliott's grounder.
Amber Petersen (1-1) picked up her first career win in 2.1 innings of relief work for the Rebels. Petersen was touched for one run off of four hits. She struck out two and walked one.
Amanda Oliveto tossed the final two frames for UNLV for her first save of the season and second of her career. Oliveto faced seven batters and recorded five outs to one hit and one walk.
Anderson got the start for Lipscomb, but was saddled with the loss in four innings of action. She gave up five runs on six hits and walked three.
UNLV returns to action Sunday morning with an 11:00 am contest against host Cal Poly at Bob Janssen Field.