Rebels Send The Lobos Scurrying
April 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (17-22, 3-4 MW) shut out the New Mexico Lobos (18-25, 2-5 MW), 8-0, in six innings on Friday evening in Mountain West softball action at Eller Media Stadium. UNLV scored at least one run in all but two innings, while Amanda Oliveto tossed a four-hitter en route to picking up her 14th win on the year.
Oliveto (14-11) and her defense did not allow one Lobo runner to reach third base safely in the contest. She induced the UNM offense to ground out 13 times, while flying out twice and striking out twice.
UNLV's offense was paced by multiple-hit efforts from Stefany Valentino and Tayler Van Acker. Five other Rebels notched one hit in the affair. Besides vying for the team lead in hits, Van Acker and Valentino were also first and second in runs, as the former touched home plate three times to the latter's two scores. On the other side of the scoring ledger, Pauline Monreal was tops in RBI with three.
The Rebels got on the board early with help from UNM's starting pitcher Lauren Soles (8-12), who was called for numerous pitches in the first inning. Valentino led off UNLV's first at-bat with a single before moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Emilie Valadez. Tayler Van Acker then joined Valentino on the bases when she reached on a fielding error by Jordyn Bledsoe at short. With Valentino at third, Van Acker stole second to put runners at second and third. Soles managed to get Tayler Aleman to fly out for the second out, but she wound up giving up both runs when she was called for pitching irregularities during Monreal's initial AB.
UNLV scored twice in the third off of two hits and help from a Lobo miscue. Emilie Valadez and Van Acker reached via a throwing error and a single, respectively. Aleman then laid down a sacrifice bunt prior to a two-run double by Monreal to right-center to push the Scarlet & Gray's lead to four scores.
Emily Haslinger extended the home team's lead to five runs when she took a pitch by Lisa Rodrigues out of the park for her second home run of the year.
The Rebels put an end to the game in the sixth with three runs off of three hits. After UNM had recorded the first out, Valentino (single), Tara Woodall (walk) and Van Acker (single) juiced the bases against Rodrigues. Aleman then plated the first tally with a run-scoring single up the middle. Woodall then scored when Rodrigues uncorked a wild pitch to the back stop. Van Acker wound up scoring the decisive run off a groundout by Monreal to second base.
Soles was tagged with the loss in 3.2 innings of work. She surrendered four runs, three of which were earned, off of five hits. She struck out one against one walk. Rodrigues threw the final two innings in relief and allowed four runs off of four hits, while walking two to one strikeout.
UNLV and UNM resume their three-game series on Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest at Eller Media Stadium.