Uriarte Unleashes Four Hits In UNLV's Win Over Nevada
April 28, 2013
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (20-26, 6-6 Mountain West) got a two-run triple from Katie Uriarte in the seventh inning to break a 3-all tie in the rubber-match victory over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon. UNLV left Hixson Park on Sunday with a 2-to-1 advantage in the Mountain West series played against its rival in Reno, Nev.
More importantly, the two wins by the Rebels this weekend increase the Scarlet & Gray's lead in the Governor's Series to 15 points - 25.5 to 10.5 against UNR. UNLV gained nine points to its side of the ledger with assistance from men's tennis, women's golf and softball this week.
Moments after seeing its one-run lead wiped out by a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, UNLV fought back with three consecutive hits that produced two runs a half inning later. Samantha Juarez and Stefany Valentino began the offensive with back-to-back singles before Uriarte triple to the gap in right-center for the game's decisive hit.
UNLV escaped a dicey situation in the home half of the sixth when got runners in scoring position after the Wolf Pack executed a sacrifice bunt after scattering two singles. Francesca Foti managed to strikeout the next batter she faced before handing the ball over to Amanda Oliveto (17-14), who entered in relief.
UNR's offense was provided by Ashley Butera and her three RBI off a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. Butera gave the Wolf Pack a 2-0 lead in the first inning when she hit a duck snort down the line in right field to plate two runners. After UNLV had taken a 3-2 lead in the sixth, she tied the affair at 3-all with her home run.
The Rebels used the long ball, as well, to score their first two runs of the game. Valentino hit a shot that rode the right field line out of Hixson Park in the third. Two innings later, Pauline Monreal hit a solo homer of her own to left for the equalizer.
In the sixth, UNLV took a 3-2 lead off a seeing-eye single by Haslinger to score Emilie Valadez from second base. Valadez entered the contest as a pinch-runner for Van Acker after she and Aleman had singles to the outfield.
The Rebel offense collected 15 hits in the game, and that figure is the second most on the season - one less than the 16 scattered in Friday's 13-2 win by UNLV. Ten of UNLV's 15 hits on Sunday were amassed by Uriarte (four), Valentino (three) and Haslinger (three).
Oliveto picked up the win in relief with 1.1 frames of work. She struck out three - all in the seventh - against one walk.
Foti earned a no-decision after throwing the first 5.2 innings of the game. She was touched for three runs off of eight hits. She struck out two and walked two, as well.
Jones was saddled with the loss in three innings of relief. She gave up three runs off of six hits despite striking out two. Her teammate, Dorch, threw the initial four stanzas for the Wolf Pack. She allowed two runs off of nine hits, while striking out three and walking three.
UNLV returns to action next weekend, May 3-5, with a three-game conference series against Boise State. The contests will be the final ones played by the Rebels in Las Vegas this season. The first affair is scheduled for Friday, May 3 with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm.
NOTES: Dating back to 1985, UNLV owns a 14-6 head-to-head series lead over UNR ... UNLV has won three of the past four in the head-to-head series ... UNLV's win on Sunday gave the Scarlet & Gray a 4-3 advantage in games played in Reno.