Rebels Run Past The Bulldogs
April 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (16-21, 2-3 MW) notched an 8-2 win over the Fresno State Bulldogs (21-17, 2-3 MW) on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West softball action at Eller Media Stadium. Emily Haslinger and Tayler Aleman amassed multiple-RBI games while Emilie Valadez scored three times in the victory.
Today's win is the second in as many days against the Bulldogs, and it extends the Rebels' winning streak to four games over FS dating back to 2012.
The Scarlet & Gray offense was paced by multiple-hit games from Valadez, Valentino, Aleman and Juarez. Valadez led the quartet with three hits while the other three had two hits apiece.
The Rebels got on the board early with three runs in the first inning off of three hits. Stefany Valentino and Valadez, who combined for five hits in eight at-bats, led off the frame with back-to-back singles off the Bulldogs' Jill Compton (2-7). After getting the next two batters out, Compton issued a walk to Pauline Monreal to load the bases. Haslinger then stepped up and delivered a three-run double to right-center that cleared the bags.
After a scoreless second inning, the teams scored three times in the third off the long ball. Diane Runge led off the stanza for the Bulldogs and hit an inside the park home run to center that cut the deficit to two runs - 3-1. In the bottom half of the inning, Aleman went yard - her 30th career homer - with a two-run shot to push UNLV ahead 5-1. Valadez, who began the Rebel at-bat with a single, scored on the dinger.
Neither team produced any offense in the fourth, but they each scored once in the fifth. Whitney Smith opened up the inning with a double before taking third on a wild pitch thrown by Francesca Foti (2-7). Smith wound up scoring on a groundout two batters later. Valadez countered the Bulldog run with her third tally of the day after reaching on her third base hit of the day. She made her way to third after Aleman hit a single and a fly out by Monreal that allowed her to tag up. With runners on the corners, UNLV sent Aleman in motion to second, which allowed Valadez to race home from third.
The Rebels tacked on two more scores in the sixth behind a three-hit inning. Alyssa Cordova was responsible for both of UNLV's runs, as she knocked one in - Samantha Juarez - with an RBI triple before touching home plate herself off a wild pitch thrown by reliever Destinee' Levesque.
Foti earned the win in the circle in complete-game fashion. She struck out one, but allowed two runs off of 13 hits and two walks. She got some help from her defense, as they turned three double plays to work herself out of jams in the first, fourth and seventh innings.
Compton was tagged with the loss for FS in 5.1 innings of work. She gave up eight runs off of 10 hits. She struck out six against one walk.
Levesque got the final two outs for the Bulldogs, and she was touched for one hit and one walk.
The Rebels and Bulldogs close out their three-game series on Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 pm contest at Eller Media Stadium.
NOTES: Aleman becomes the seventh Rebel in program history to notch at least 30 home runs in a career ... She needs two more to tie Geney Orris (1999-02) for sixth place ... After knocking in two RBI in Saturday's game, she owns 112 career RBI and trails Marissa Nichols (2005-10) for a tie for ninth ... UNLV's defense entered the weekend ranked 19th overall in double plays per game ... The defense turned three DPs on Saturday to help its cause.