Broncos Surpass Rebels Down The Stretch
April 13, 2012
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-19 overall, 0-1 Mountain West) lost a heartbreaker to the Boise State Broncos (27-13, 1-0) by a 3-2 decision at Mountain Cove Field in Boise, Idaho. Boise State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh aided by a game-tying hit and a defensive miscue by UNLV on the final play of the contest.
Trailing UNLV by a run heading into the bottom of the seventh, BSU put runners on second and first following a pinch-hit single from Tazz Weatherly and a walk issued to Tara Glover by Amanda Oliveto (12-12). Kellie Caplan then stepped up and delivered a seeing-eye single through the right-side past the diving efforts of both Tayler Van Acker and Elena Fata. Weatherly scored easily from second on the hit, while Glover was caught in a run down between third and home plate. Glover eventually scored the game-winning run when Heather Harrison tried to apply a tag, while running up the third-base line, but the ball slid out of her catcher's mitt and towards the Bronco dugout. Glover reversed course and touched the plate to end the game.
The Broncos' rally came an inning after they had loaded the bases with no out in the sixth. Oliveto got Mackenzie Whyte to foul out before inducing a 3-2-4 inning-ending double play.
UNLV grabbed a hold of the lead in the fifth off a two-run double to left-center by Stefany Valentino after she had been snake bitten on her two previous at-bats. Valentino stepped up with runners on the corners and promptly delivered a shot to the gap for the go-ahead score that plated Emilie Valadez and Paige Emerson.
The Broncos jumped out quickly to a 1-0 lead when Glover led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot to left-center.
The teams combined to leave 13 runners on the base paths during the contest, eight of which were in scoring position. The home squad left seven, while the visitors stranded six overall.
Zell picked up the win in complete-game fashion after allowing two runs off of three hits. She struck out four and walked one.
Oliveto was tagged with the loss in 6.1 frames of work. She allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks.
The loss drops UNLV to 6-7 overall in MW openers dating back to 2000. The Rebels are 3-3 in those openers that they played on the road.
UNLV returns to action Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm in the second affair of the three-game set against Boise State.