Aztecs Get Past Rebels In Season Finale
May 11, 2013
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (21-31, 7-11 MW) lost their 2013 regular-season finale to the San Diego State Aztecs (35-18, 13-5 MW) by a 2-1 score on Saturday afternoon at the SDSU Softball Stadium in San Diego. The Aztecs scored individual runs in the first and third innings before the Rebels cut the deficit in half with a tally of their own in the sixth. Unfortunately, UNLV wasn't able to score the equalizer later in their final two at-bats.
The Aztecs scored the game's first run in their half of the opening frame off Patrice Jackson's RBI single. Kayla Jordan scored on the base hit after initially reaching on a walk issued by Amanda Oliveto (18-17). Jordan worked her way around the base path with a steal of second and a groundout that moved her to third.
Jackson factored in SDSU's scoring in the third when she came home off an RBI single by Kamerin May after being walked.
UNLV strung together three singles in the sixth inning to produce its only run of the game. Tayler Aleman and Emily Haslinger sandwiched singles around the second out of the stanza before Heather Harrison laced a run-scoring single to left-center. Alyssa Cordova followed Harrison to the plate, but she lined out to SDSU's shortstop to end the offensive.
The Rebels had two other chances to score in the first and third. After getting runners in scoring position in its initial at-bat, UNLV ran itself into an inning-ending double play following a groundout to the pitcher. In the third, the Scarlet & Gray got back-to-back one-out singles, but two outs followed to quell the threat.
SDSU's Rebecca Arbino (20-12) picked up the win in complete-game fashion. Arbino allowed one run off of six hits, while striking out five against one walk.
Oliveto was touched for two runs off of seven hits and four walks. She struck out three in six innings of work.
NOTES: Three Rebels finished the 2013 campaign with their names written in seven categories of the softball single-season record book ... Stefany Valentino owns the sixth-best batting average (.405), while ranking 10th overall in on-base percentage (.475) ... Tayler Van Acker surpassed her tally of 10 hit-by-pitches from a year ago to give herself the first and second spots following 12 HBPs this year ... Amanda Oliveto moved into a sixth-place tie in starts (35), while ranking seventh in strikeouts (168) and placing 10th in both complete games (25) and innings pitched (229.2) ... In UNLV's career record book, Valentino ranks third in on-base percentage (.443), fourth in batting average (.372) and seventh in slugging percentage (.518) ... Aleman finished her career ranked fifth in slugging (.543), sixth in homers (33) and seventh in RBI (121) ... Van Acker is first in hit-by-pitch (25) and fourth in on-base percentage (.442) ... Jaexie Balilea ranks fourth in hit-by-pitch (21).