Aztecs Use Early Lead To Get Past Rebels

May 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Rebels (21-27, 2-9 Mountain West) dropped a 10-3 decision to the San Diego State Aztecs (30-21, 9-2) on Friday night in Mountain West action at Eller Media Stadium. SDSU took hold of the contest with seven straight runs scored between the second and fifth innings. UNLV scored its three runs individually in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Patrice Jackson was the main culprit in leading the Aztecs past the Rebels. Jackson went 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs, five RBI and a pair of runs scored. She was directly responsible for the first two RBI for SDSU, after she hit a solo home run in the second and walked with the bases loaded in the third. She capped off her offensive display with a three-run dinger to left in the fourth.

Besides Jackson's fourth-inning home run, the Aztecs scored twice in the frame with help from a fielding error and an RBI single by Justeen Maeva off of Jessica O'Connor, who entered at the start of the frame after Amanda Oliveto pitched the first three.

UNLV's offense got going in the fourth with back-to-back singles from Paige Emerson and Stefany Valentino. After Emerson reached on her own single, she moved up 60 feet when Rebecca Arbino uncorked a wild pitch during Valentino's at-bat. Valentino then singled up the middle to score the Rebels' first run.

In the fifth, Valentino notched her second RBI of the game with an infield hit to third with the bases juiced.

The Rebels got some help from two defensive miscues by the Aztecs in the sixth to add their third run to the scoreboard. After Pauline Monreal and Tayler Van Acker reached safely following the errors, Jaexie Balilea joined them on the bases with a single to center. Kylie Wagner then stepped up in a pinch-hitting role and knocked a run-scoring single to right field to plate Monreal from third.

SDSU answered back in the seventh with a three-run blast from Hayley Miles.

Arbino (13-9) picked up the win for SDSU in six innings of work. She allowed three runs (two earned) off of five hits. She struck out six against two walks. Kamerin May pitched a perfect seventh in relief for the Aztecs.

Oliveto drops to 13-17 in the loss after going three frames in the game. She was touched for two runs off of three hits. She struck out three, but walked six. O'Connor threw the final four innings for UNLV and allowed eight runs (seven earned) off of six hits. She fanned one and walked three.

Notes: Emerson (seven games), Valentino (six games) and Balilea (five games) all extended their hitting streaks with at least one hit in tonight's game ... Valentino's and Balilea's streaks are a season-best ... Balilea moves into a first-place tie with teammate Tayler Van Acker and former Rebel Brittany Meade (2007) for the most hit-by-pitches in a single season with 10 ... Balilea moves into a sixth-place tie with former Rebel student-athlete and assistant coach Maggie Livreri for the most hit-by-pitches in a career with 14.

The two teams return to Eller Media Stadium for the 2012 regular-season finale on Saturday with the first pitch set for 1:06 pm. UNLV will recognize its five seniors - Korin Cuico, Amber Petersen, Emerson, O'Connor and Wagner - before the contest.