Rebels Bullish Against The 'Dogs
April 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (15-21, 1-3 MW) picked up their first win in Mountain West play with their 4-1 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs (21-16, 2-2 MW) on Friday evening. UNLV staked itself to a 3-0 lead through three innings of play and never looked back as Amanda Oliveto (13-11) held the FS batters in-check throughout the contest at Eller Media Stadium.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid with Friday's win, and it was the third straight for the Rebels in the head-to-head series against the Bulldogs.
UNLV opened the scoring with a two-run first inning that witnessed its offense scatter four hits. Valentino and Valadez led off the at-bat with back-to-back singles before they were moved into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt by Tayler Van Acker. After Tayler Aleman was retired for the second out of the frame by Hannah Harris (6-4), Pauline Monreal delivered a two-run single to score the pair of runners.
The Rebels increased their lead to three in the third off an RBI single by Aleman. Valadez scored from second on the base hit after initially reaching on a single and trotting down to second after Van Acker was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season and program-best 24th time in her career.
Vonnie Martin knocked in Fresno State's lone tally in the fourth with a double to left that scored Whitney White from first base. White took first when she was issued a one-out base on balls. Oliveto managed to load the bases when she walked one and hit another, but got out of the jam with a fly out to left.
Samantha Juarez and Valentino partnered up to get the run back for the Rebels in the fifth after a double and single started the stanza to put runners on the corners. After Valentino had broke towards second on a steal attempt, Juarez ran towards home and was able to score safely when Paige Gumz wasn't able to corral the throw to the plate.
Oliveto threw a complete game for the win. She was touched for one run off of six hits and three walks.
Harris was saddled with the loss after only going 2.1 innings in the circle. She struck out one, but allowed three runs off of six hits. Taylor Langdon threw the final 3.2 in relief and gave up one run off of three hits and a walk.
The Rebels and Bulldogs resume their three-game series with the second installment at Eller Media Stadium on Saturday afternoon (1:00 pm).