Rebels Give Up Six Unanswered Runs In Loss
April 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (16-22, 2-4 MW) suffered a 6-4 setback to the Fresno State Bulldogs (22-17, 3-3 MW) in Mountain West softball action at Eller Media Stadium on Sunday afternoon. UNLV staked itself to a four-run lead through two innings of play, but FS erased the deficit with the use of the long ball. The Bulldogs scored all six of their runs off home runs - a grand slam and a two-run shot.
The Rebels opened the scoring with a four-run second inning. With one out, Pauline Monreal smashed her fourth dinger of the season to center field. Heather Harrison and Alyssa Cordova quickly made their way onto the base paths after Jill Compton walked the pair. Just after Jaexie Balilea was inserted into the lineup to pinch-run for Harrison, Jamie DePippo laced a single to center to load the bases. Compton then got the second out of the frame via strikeout before she allowed a bases-clearing double to deep center to Stefany Valentino. Following the three-run hit, the Bulldogs summoned Hannah Harris (7-4) from the bullpen.
Harris recorded the third out in the second and did not allow UNLV to score the remainder of the game. In fact, she only gave up two hits and two walks in the 5.1 innings she threw.
The Bulldogs evened the score at 4-all in the third with help from a walk and an error. Amanda Oliveto, who got the start for UNLV, got the first two outs in the inning, but Caitlin Neal kept the stanza alive with a walk. Kapri Angotti then singled up the middle to put runners at first and second. Oliveto then got Diane Runge to ground out to second, but Tayler Van Acker wasn't able to handle Cordova's throw, which allowed the runner to reach safely. With the bases juiced, Michelle Solomon cranked a pitch to left that fell just short of the stadium's scoreboard for a grand slam.
FS kept its offense revving the following two innings, but did not come away with any runs despite leaving five runners on base. In the fourth, the Bulldogs loaded them up behind a fielder's choice, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The HBP ended Oliveto's day in the circle. Francesca Foti (2-8) got the first batter she faced to ground out to end the threat.
The Bulldogs got two on to quickly start the fifth off of back-to-back singles. Both runners moved into scoring position after Foti was charged with a wild pitch. With runners on third and second, Stesha Brazil hit a grounder to DePippo at third. DePippo fielded the ball and threw home to get Runge out at the plate in an attempt to score. The inning ended with runners on second and third after Brazil stole second and Foti got a ground ball to end the frame.
Brazil wound up knocking in the game-winning run two innings later with a two-run home run to left. Runge scored on the hit after reaching on a one-out single.
Foti was tagged with the loss in 3.1 innings of work. She struck out one, but was touched for two runs off of four hits.
Oliveto threw 3.2 innings, and the four runs that scored when she was in the circle were all unearned. She gave up three hits and three walks against two strikeouts.
UNLV is back in action on April 12-14 with a three-game, Mountain West series against New Mexico. Friday's game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm first pitch. Both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1:00 pm.
NOTES: Monreal's home run was the 19th of her career, and it puts her one away from cracking the top 10 in program history.