Broncos Gallop Past Rebels Late In Sunday's Game
April 15, 2012
BOISE, Idaho (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-21 overall, 0-3 Mountain West) dropped a 5-4 decision to the Boise State Broncos (29-13, 2-0) Sunday afternoon in the finale of the three-game, Mountain West set played at Mountain Cove Field in Boise, Idaho. Boise State rallied from a three-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take hold of the contest. The loss extends UNLV's season-long losing streak to five games.
The Rebel offense was paced by nine hits spread amongst six batters. Paige Emerson, Tayler Aleman and Pauline Monreal had two-hit apiece. Aleman knocked in two RBI and scored once. Emerson, Stefany Valentino, Aleman and Tayler Van Acker all scored once in the game.
UNLV jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead off three hits and help from a Bronco error. Emerson got things started with a triple to right. Valentino followed with a shallow fly to center that was dropped by a hard-charging Tara Glover, which put runners on the corners for the Rebels. Aleman then plated the first run of the game with a grounder to short. Valentino advanced to second on the Aleman's groundout and another by Van Acker before scoring on a run-scoring single by Monreal.
The Rebels extended their lead to four runs after Aleman and Van Acker went yard off Aubray Zell. The dingers ended Zell's day in the circle and forced Boise State to bring Lela Work into the circle. Work was effective in relief getting out of the third and not allowing any more runs to UNLV the remainder of the game.
The Broncos scored once in the bottom of the third to pull within three at 4-1. Tara Glover hit a one-out double to left-center before Christin Capobianco laced a single through the left-side of the infield for the score.
After a scoreless fourth, BSU put four on the board in the fifth behind a three-run homer to center by Devon Bridges and a solo shot by Allie Crump. The home runs forced the Rebels to make a pitching change, as Jessica O'Connor was subbed in for Amanda Oliveto.
Neither team would score the remainder of the game, although UNLV threatened in the sixth by getting back-to-back singles to start the frame. Unfortunately, three consecutive outs followed to end the scoring opportunity.
In all, the teams combined to leave 14 runners on base during the ball game. UNLV left nine stranded with five in scoring position. BSU, on the other hand, left five on with two in scoring position.
UNLV has next weekend off and will return to play a three-game conference series against the Colorado State Rams beginning on Friday, April 27 (6:00 pm) and concluding on Sunday, April 29.
Notes: UNLV's five-game losing streak is the longest for the program since a six-gamer near the end of the 2008 season (April 24-28) ... UNLV has started Mountain West play 0-4 three times (2002, '06, '08 and '12) dating back to the league's initial season in 2000 ... UNLV drops to 5-9 in one-run games this season, two of the one-run losses occurred this weekend to Boise State ... UNLV drops to 13-5 in games that they scored first this season ... UNLV drops to 14-5 in games that they out-hit its opponent ... Emerson extended her hitting streak to eight games, which is tied for her longest on the season ... Emerson's triple Sunday was the eighth of her career, which puts her in a 10th-place tie in UNLV's record book ... Aleman's home run Sunday was the 22nd of her career, which puts her in a seventh-place tie in UNLV's record book ... Balilea hit-by-pitch Sunday was the 13th of her career, which puts her in a seventh-place tie in UNLV's record book.