Rebels Rout The Wolf Pack, Set Several Season Highs
April 26, 2013
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-25, 5-5 Mountain West) routed the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack (28-10, 7-6 MW), 13-2, on Friday afternoon at Hixson Softball Park in Reno, Nev. Not only were the 13 runs tallied a season best by UNLV, but so were the 16 hits and 12 RBI.
More importantly, Friday's victory gives the Rebels a one-game advantage in this weekend's set of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. Currently, UNLV owns a 16.5 to 10.5 lead in the Series thanks to the men's tennis team's win over the Wolf Pack on Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Amanda Oliveto (16-13) picked up Friday's win in complete-game fashion for the Scarlet & Gray. Oliveto was touched for two runs - only one of which was earned - off of five hits. She struck out two against two walks. She held the Wolf Pack's offense in-check for the majority of the contest, and she didn't allow a runner trimmed in blue to reach third base until the fifth inning.
UNLV's offense was paced by a three-hit game by Tayler Van Acker. Stefany Valentino, Tayler Aleman, Pauline Monreal and Emily Haslinger contributed two apiece. Monreal led the team with four RBI, while Aleman and Haslinger both knocked in two more. Aleman and Van Acker were the only Rebels to score more than once with the former touching home plate three times to the latter's two runs.
The Rebels got their offense revving in the first inning when Monreal stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and smashed a two-run double to left off of UNR starter Megan Dortch (10-10) to plate Valentino and Van Acker from scoring position. Both runners had reached base off of singles. Aleman, who was on first after being hit by the first of two pitches on the day, came around to score when UNR shortstop Megan Sweet uncorked an errant throw to the plate in an attempt to get Van Acker out.
The lead grew to five runs after Aleman led off the third with a solo homer and Jamie DePippo laced a run-scoring single up the middle to score Jaexie Balilea - a pinch-runner, who had entered to run for Monreal - from second. Monreal had reached on a walk.
In the fifth, UNLV extended its lead to eight with help from a solo shot by Emily Haslinger and RBI by Samantha Juarez and Valentino. Following Haslinger's lead-off homer, Alyssa Cordova was walked by Dortch, which ended the pitcher's day in the circle. Ariel Craig was summoned from the bullpen, but was rudely welcomed to the game by DePippo, who hit a single to center. Tara Woodall then entered the game to pinch-run for Cordova and quickly scored when Juarez doubled to left-center. DePippo, who was on third following Juarez's two-base hit, scored the eighth run of the game off a groundout by Valentino.
UNR's awoke in the bottom of the fifth with two runs off of two hits and assistance from a Rebel error. Prior to the frame, the Wolf Pack had gotten five runners on base with the last three reaching second base. After getting two on in the fifth, the home squad was gifted its first run when Cordova was unable to handle a throw to first by DePippo on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Hannah Harger. Jasmine Jenkins, who led off the stanza with a double, scored on the defensive miscue. Caylin Campbell then knocked in Lauren Lastrapes with an RBI single one batter later.
UNLV put the game out of reach with five runs in the seventh. Both Uriarte and Aleman were credited with RBI singles while Monreal and Haslinger went the double route to plate two and one RBI, respectively, in the final frame.
Dortch was saddled with the loss in only four innings of work. She surrendered seven runs (six earned) off of eight hits. She walked four, but fanned three.
In relief, Craig threw three innings, but allowed UNLV eight hits, as well. She allowed six runs (all earned) and one walk, but struck out three.
UNLV and UNR return to Hixson Softball Park on Saturday for the second game of the series. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm.
NOTES: Dating back to 1985, UNLV owns a 13-5 head-to-head series lead over UNR ... UNLV has won two straight in the series beginning with a 1-0 win over UNR on Feb. 24, 2012 ... UNLV owns a 3-2 edge over UNR in games played in Reno ... UNLV's 13 runs on Friday were the most scored in a game against UNR ... UNLV's 11-run advantage on Friday was the largest margin of victory in a head-to-head game against UNR ... Monreal has two four-RBI games this season - the first was against Tulsa on March 23 ... Aleman has three three-run games this season ... Aleman tied Geney Orris in both career home runs (32) and RBI (118) in UNLV's record book ... They both sit sixth in home runs and eighth in RBI ... Oliveto became the sixth Rebel to notch at least 50 wins in the circle in program history.