Pitchers' Duel Ends in Favor of UNLV, 1-0
April 14, 2013
University of New Mexico Lobo Softball - on the Mountain West Road - @ UNLV
Friday, April 12: UNLV def. Lobos, 8-0 (6 inn.)
Saturday, April 13: Lobos def, UNLV, 10-0 (5 inn.)
Sunday, April 14: UNLV def. Lobos, 1-0
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LAS VEGAS -- A pitchers' duel between University of New Mexico's Kaela DeBroeck and UNLV's Amanda Oliveto ended in favor of the Rebels on Sunday afternoon, 1-0, at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas in Mountain West softball action.
The Lobos drop to 19-26 overall and 3-6 in MW play while the Rebels improve to 18-23 overall and 4-5 in league contests.
DeBroeck scattered five hits and gave up one earned run while walking one and fanning four as she threw all six innings in the weekend series cap. It was the 12th start of the season for the senior and the second consecutive as she was in circle for UNM all five innings of Saturday's 10-0 run-rule win.
"Kaela was very effective again today and kept the UNLV lineup off balance," head coach Erica Beach said. "They scored their early run after a defensive miscue and that was the difference."
The loss puts DeBroeck's record at 6-7 overall and 2-2 in MW play.
The Rebels' Oliveto earned her second win of the weekend and improved to 15-11 on the season. The junior hurler gave up just four hits and struck out eight Lobos while walking none.
"Oliveto threw a great game and kept us off balance," Beach said.
Hignojos was the only Lobo to record a hit in all three games this weekend, getting one in each contest of the series. The Lobo sophomore second baseman went 3-for-5 over the weekend (.600 average), drew two walks and recorded a sacrifice fly.
New Mexico returns to Albuquerque for five home games starting with a Mountain West series with league newcomer Nevada, April 19-21. The Lobos have a pair of promotions for their home series with the Wolf Pack. Friday, April 19 is Pack the Park night with all tickets being reduced to $2. On Saturday, April 20, UNM is celebrating Little League Night and fans wearing a jersey to the game will receive a discounted ticket price of $3 and will be entered in a drawing that features a number of Lobo softball prizes.
The Lobos host UTEP for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. MT on Wednesday, April 24.
UNLV 1, Lobos 0
UNLV used three hits to score one run in the bottom of the first inning. With runners on second and third, Tayler Van Acker hit a single to center field driving in the player from third. The Rebel runner on second also tried to score off Van Acker's single but Cassandra Kalapsa threw the ball in time to catcher Naomi Tellez and the runner was tagged out. DeBroeck took the next two batters on her own, recording her first two strikeouts of the game.
The Lobos got a single up the middle in the top of the second by Hignojos, but she was the only player to reach in the inning.
In the top of the third, Sjostrand led off with a double to left center and moved to third off a single up the middle by Geith. A sacrifice bunt down the first baseline by Ingram advanced Geith to second. Freshman Naomi Tellez was called out on an infield fly to the catcher but then a hit-by-pitch taken by freshman Mariah Rimmer loaded the bases for New Mexico. The Lobos left three on base, however, as the next batter struck out swinging.
Neither team scored in the fourth as both teams went three-up-three-down.
An error by the Rebels in the top of the fifth allowed Ingram to reach with two outs away, but she was left stranded as the next Lobo batter fouled out to the catcher.
Rebel senior Katie Uriarte drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but was called for leaving first base early on a steal attempt and the game went to the sixth, still at 1-0 in favor of the Rebels.
No Lobos reached base in the top of the sixth and in the bottom of the frame, UNLV's Stefany Valentino led off with a single up the middle. Valentino didn't stay on base long, however as sophomore Emilie Valadez hit a line drive back to DeBreock who made the catch and the throw to first to complete the double play. DeBroeck struck out Van Acker to end the sixth.
New Mexico's last chance was the top of the seventh, but for the third inning of the game it was three-up-three-down and the contest ended, 1-0, in favor of UNLV.