Rebels Lose A Pair Of Game To The Titans
April 20, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (18-25) were swept by the Cal State Fullerton Titans (21-25) on Saturday afternoon in a doubleheader played at Anderson Family Field in Fullerton, Calif. The Titans won the first game, 3-0, behind a no-hitter tossed by Jasmine Antunez (14-13), who also earned the victory in a 12-inning, 5-4 decision in the second contest.
Amanda Oliveto (15-13) was tagged with the losses after earning the start in game one and pitching 5.1 frames of relief in game two. Oliveto was touched for five runs - only one of which was earned - off of five hits. She struck out eight on the day against no walks.
Antunez, just like Oliveto, made two appearances in the circle - one start and one relief stint. She allowed one run off of five hits in 13 innings of work. She struck out seven, but walked five.
In game two, the Rebels got on the scoreboard first off a three-run home run by Tayler Aleman in the third inning. Garie Blando and Katie Uriarte scored on the long ball after they had both reached via singles.
The Titans pulled within one with two scores in the bottom half of the third. Fullerton got its first two runners on off a throwing error and a walk issued by Francesca Foti. Leesa Harris, who went 3-for-3 in the game, wound up on third when Foti's throw bounded into right field foul territory. Ariel Tsuchiyama joined Harris in scoring position following a walk and a steal of second base. The pair would up scoring off a groundout and a wild pitch.
Fullerton knotted the game up at 3-all in the seventh. The home team got a leadoff single by Carissa Turang that prompted UNLV to summon Oliveto from the bullpen in relief of Foti. Turang wound up on second when Heather Harrison allowed a passed ball before an RBI single by Harris.
In the 11th, Harrison put UNLV ahead with a solo homer to left. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived, as the Titans evened the score off an RBI single by Ashley Carter. Turang scored the tying run after initially reaching on an error to start the at-bat.
An inning later - in the 12th - Fullerton strung together three singles to load the bases with one out. Tiffany Sheffler was credited with the game-winning hit when she hit a single up the middle that bounded past a diving Aleman at short.
The squads combined to scatter 28 hits with the Scarlet & Gray owning 13 of them. Five different Rebels - Stefany Valentino, Uriarte, Aleman, Alyssa Cordova and Jamie DePippo - had two hits in the game.
In game one, Antunez faced only two batters over the minimum in the complete-game, no-hit victory. She struck out four, but walked three in the win.
After three scoreless frames, the Titans got on the board behind three hits and assistance from a Rebel error. Eliza Crawford and Gabby Aragon connected on back-to-back one-out singles to get things started. Following a fielding error by Tayler Van Acker, Crawford was thrown out at home trying to score. Aragon moved to third on the error before scoring on an RBI single by Turang.
Fullerton added two more scores off a groundout and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. With runners in scoring position, Carter put the ball in play to score Harris from third after she had reached on a single. Desiree Ybarra then sent a ball to left to plate Lauren Mario - a pinch-runner for Tsuchiyama, who was on base because of a dropped third strike passed ball.
Amanda Oliveto (14-12) was tagged with the loss despite not allowing an earned run. Oliveto struck out, but gave up seven hits in six innings of work.
UNLV returns to Mountain West play next week with a three-game road trip to Reno to face in-state rival Nevada, Reno in a Governor's Series matchup. The set begins on Friday, April 26 with first pitch scheduled for 3:00 pm. The following two contests on Saturday and Sunday will start at 1:00 pm and noon, respectively.
NOTES: The 12-inning game was the longest for UNLV softball since the final game of the 2009 season - a 3-1, 13-inning loss to Long Beach State on March 16, 2009 in the NCAA Tournament ... UNLV was last no-hit on March 9, 2012, in Long Beach, Calif., by the North Carolina Tar Heels ... Aleman moved up to ninth place in UNLV's career record book in RBI with 116 ... She is seventh overall in home runs (31) and sits one shy of tying Geney Orris (1999-02) for sixth with 32.