Rebel Rally Falls Short In The Seventh

April 14, 2012

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho ( - The UNLV Rebels (19-20 overall, 0-2 Mountain West) suffered a 7-5, Mountain West loss to the Boise State Broncos (28-13, 2-0) Saturday afternoon at Mountain Cove Field. Boise State built up a five-run lead at 7-2 heading into the seventh but had to stave off a UNLV rally attempt. The Rebels scored three times in the final frame and got the game-tying run to the plate, but the third out was recorded to end the threat and contest. The loss is the fourth straight for the Scarlet and Gray.

UNLV's offense registered seven hits on the day, and was led by two-hit efforts from Jaexie Balilea and Elena Fata. Both hitters scored a run in the game, while Fata tacked on an RBI. Paige Emerson and Tayler Aleman both hit two-run homers in the affair.

The game was scoreless through two innings of play, although the Broncos left three runners on base in that time frame.

Boise State was finally able to plate runners in the third behind four runs and six hits. Tara Glover led off with a solo homer to deep center for the first score. The Broncos then got five consecutive singles to produce three more runs. Devon Bridges had the third single of the quintet and produced an RBI that spelled the end of Jessica O'Connor's day in the circle. Amanda Oliveto was summoned in relief, but was touched for two run-scoring singles from Allie Crump and Tazz Weatherly.

UNLV countered with two runs of its own in the fourth off a line-drive dinger by Tayler Aleman. The home run was Aleman's seventh of the season and 21st of her career. The four-base hit plated Emerson from third after she led off the inning by reaching on a catcher's interference.

The Rebels nearly pulled even in the fifth inning, but came away empty handed. Balilea led off with a single and moved 120 feet after a two-out double to left by Fata. Unfortunately, the third out occurred before either runner could touch home plate.

The Broncos regained the momentum with three scores of their own in the fifth. Christin Capobianco and Bridges began the frame with back-to-back singles. After an out was recorded, Weatherly knocked in one with an RBI single, while Mackenzie White followed with a two-run base hit.

After a scoreless sixth, UNLV stepped up and scored three times. Balilea began the inning with a single to left and took second on an errant throw from the left fielder. A wild pitch sent Balilea to third before the second out of the frame. Fata then singled to center for an RBI before Emerson's two-run blast. Stefany Valentino kept the inning alive with a single to left that forced the Broncos to bring Aubray Zell in from the bullpen. Zell only need to face one batter, as she induced a 1-3 ground out to end the game and collect her second save of the season.

Crump improved to 6-2 on the year behind 6.2 innings of action for the Broncos. She was touched for five runs (three earned) off seven hits. She owned a perfect game through three innings before Emerson's catcher's interference call. Her no-hitter was lost on Aleman's home run.

O'Connor dropped to 6-6 overall in two innings of work. She struck out two, but allowed four runs off six hits.

Oliveto and Amber Petersen combined to throw four innings of relief for UNLV. Oliveto threw three of those four and gave up three runs off six hits. Petersen tossed one perfect frame.

Notes: UNLV has started Mountain West play 0-2 five times dating back to the league's initial season in 2000 ... This is the fourth time that UNLV has begun the MW season 0-2 on the road ... UNLV has lost four straight games twice this season ... Today's loss was the first for UNLV in a two-run game, as they were 2-0 previously ... Aleman moved into a ninth-place tie in all-time home runs at UNLV with her 21st blast ... Emerson and Valentino extended their hitting streaks to seven and six games, respectively.

The two teams close out their three-game, MW-opening series with a 1:00 pm MT (noon PT) game at Mountain Cove Field on Sunday.