Rebels Lose Slugfest To Aztecs
May 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (21-26, 2-8 Mountain West) suffered an 11-7 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs (29-21, 8-2) on Thursday evening in Mountain West action at Eller Media Stadium. SDSU never looked back after scoring five runs in the second inning, although they witnessed UNLV pull within one in the fifth.
UNLV's offense was led by two-hit efforts from its one through five hitters - Paige Emerson, Stefany Valentino, Tayler Aleman, Tayler Van Acker and Jaexie Balilea. Aleman led the quintet with four RBI, while also scoring a run. Emerson and Valentino scored on multiple occasions with the latter crossed the plate three times to the former's two touches.
SDSU, on the other hand, got three hits and three RBI from both Hayley Miles and Justeen Maeva. Miles recorded two home runs and a single for her hits and RBI, while Maeva registered an RBI single and a two-run homer for her scores.
Both teams scored a run in the opening stanza. SDSU got its run off a lead-off home run from Miles, while UNLV countered with an RBI single from Aleman. Emerson, who led off the home half of the first, scored on Aleman's hit after she initially reached on an infield single.
The Aztecs blew the game open in the second with five runs off of five hits. Kayla Jordan stepped up with the bases loaded and knocked in one runner with an RBI single. Lorena Klopp followed with a fielder's choice ground ball to short that Tayler Aleman fielded. Unfortunately, Aleman's throw home was wide of the mark and allowed two Aztecs to score. Maeva and Patrice Jackson then delivered back-to-back run-scoring singles to cap the inning's output.
The Rebels answered back in the third with a three-run homer run from Aleman that cut the deficit to two runs. Emerson and Valentino both scored after they connected on consecutive singles to start the stanza.
SDSU pushed its lead to three runs after Kristin May plated a runner with a two-out single in the fourth.
In the fifth, UNLV scored twice to pull within one at 7-6. Emerson got things rolling, once again, as she reached safely after a throwing error from Katie Mathis at second base for SDSU. She wound up scoring on a two-out double to the gap in left-center from Van Acker, who scored immediately off an infield single from Balilea.
The Aztecs then put the game out of reach with four unanswered runs scored between the sixth and seventh innings. All four runs were scored off the long ball, as both Maeva and Miles hit two-run dingers.
The Rebels scored once in the seventh on Van Acker's second RBI single of the game. Valentino came around from second after reaching base off double to right.
Bailey Micetich (15-7) picked up the win in six innings of work for SDSU. Micetich allowed six runs (four earned) off of seven hits. She struck out eight against one walk.
Rebecca Arbino tossed the seventh for the Aztecs, and she surrendered a run off of three hits with one K.
Amanda Oliveto (13-16) pitched two innings and was saddled with the loss for UNLV. Oliveto was touched for six runs (five earned) off of eight hits. She struck out two and walked two.
Jessica O'Connor relieved Oliveto in the third and gave up five runs off of eight hits.
Notes: Emerson and Valentino extended their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively ... With the 10 hits in tonight's game, UNLV has registered 10 or more hits nine times this season ... Three of those 10+ hit games have occurred in the last four outings ... UNLV has scored seven runs in its last three games.
The same two teams return to action Friday night with the first pitch set for 5:00 pm.