Rebel Offense Goes Cold After Early Rally
May 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (20-27, 6-7 Mountain West) rallied from a five-run deficit only to watch the Boise State Broncos (22-24-1, 6-7 MW) rattle off 10 unanswered runs for a 15-6, come-from-behind win in Mountain West softball action. After falling behind by five scores, UNLV's offense mustered up six straight runs before going cold the remainder of the contest played at Eller Media Stadium on Friday evening.
The Rebel offense scattered eight hits in the ball game with three being put in play by Pauline Monreal, the MW's reigning Player of the Week. Monreal went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Alyssa Cordova led the Scarlet & Gray in RBI with three, while Stefany Valentino touched home plate a team-best two times.
Boise State opened up the affair with five runs off of five hits. The Broncos opened up the game with a single by Tara Glover that was quickly followed by an RBI double from Holly Bourke. Following a groundout, Mackenzie Whyte smashed a two-run home run to left to put the visitors ahead by three. Three batters later, Rose Saenz connected on a two-run double down the line in left to extend the lead to five off of UNLV hurler Francesca Foti (2-10).
UNLV answered back in its next two at-bats with six runs off of seven hits and the assistance of two Bronco miscues. Valentino led off the Rebels' half of the first with a single. After the next two batters had been retired, Tayler Aleman joined Valentino on the bases with a walk. The Rebels then rattled off three consecutive hits to produce four runs. Monreal and Emily Haslinger had singles with the former being credited with an RBI while the latter's made for a bases-loaded situation. With the bags juiced, Alyssa Cordova laced a triple to left center that brought home three runs.
The Broncos wound up getting a one-out walk to get one on in the second, but the runner wasn't on the bases long. UNLV, who is eighth in the country in double plays, got out of the inning when it struck out one and threw out a would-be base stealer in a bang-bang play.
The Rebels built off the defensive momentum from the top of the inning with two hits from Valentino and Katie Uriarte off new Bronco hurler Lela Work (6-7). Valentino's hit went for two bases, while Uriarte's was an infield single that sent Valentino to third. Saenz, who was playing third for BSU, corralled the hit, but threw the ball away to allow the runner from third to score. After an out had been recorded, Monreal knocked in her second RBI of the game with another single to put UNLV ahead by one.
The lead was short-lived for UNLV, as the Broncos scored three runs in the third and then seven more times the rest of the contest. The Rebels, on the other hand, only managed to record one hit in their final five at-bats.
The Broncos had 14 hits with five - Glover, Devon Bridges, Sarah Barnes, Saenz and Jordan Kreiger - having multiple-hit efforts. Both Bridges and Saenz knocked in a team-best three RBI.
Work picked up the win behind six innings of work. She was touched for two runs off of four hits. Rebecca Patton, who Work relieved in the circle, allowed four runs off of four hits in one frame of action.
Foti took the loss for the Rebels after starting the opening 2.1 innings. She gave up eight runs (seven earned) off of seven hits and three walks. She did strike out three batters.
UNLV and BSU return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm at Eller Media Stadium.