Rebels Head Up I-15 To Play Two At SUU

March 27, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

2012 UNLV Softball Weekly Notes - Week Eight

LEADING OFF: The UNLV Rebels stay on the road this week with a doubleheader in Cedar City, Utah. UNLV will play the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Wednesday afternoon with the first game scheduled for a 2:00 pm first pitch.

The set of games at SUU will be the 14th straight away from the friendly confines of Eller Media Stadium. In fact, UNLV has played 22 of its last 27 games on the road, all of which in California.

ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels will makes their last scheduled trip to the Golden State with a doubleheader in Fresno next Wednesday, April 4. UNLV will play a pair of games against Fresno State beginning with a 5:00 pm contest.

ROAD TRIPPIN': The UNLV Rebels began the 2012 campaign with 14 of their first 19 games played in Las Vegas. With the conclusion of the Eller Media Stadium Classic on March 4, UNLV's schedule was marked with 17 consecutive games on the road although it has since been altered by some subtractions and additions.

Fifteen games should have been played to this point, but three contests were canceled at the San Diego Classic II due to rain. UNLV has gone 8-4 overall in the 12 games contested, thus far.

The Rebels have four games left on this month-long road trip. The doubleheaders at Southern Utah and Fresno State conclude the long stretch of road games.

THE LAST OUT(ING): The UNLV Rebels went 3-2 last weekend at Cal Poly's Mustang Classic in San Luis Obispo. UNLV lost its first two games of the tournament, before it rebounded with three straight wins. The Rebels split contests with Lipscomb and Ball State before they defeated host Cal Poly.

On Friday, UNLV allowed Lipscomb to take a 2-0 lead before attempting to rally. The Rebels scored once in the sixth and had the game-tying and game-winning runs on base in the seventh, but the Lady Bison worked its way out of the jam. Against Ball State, the two squads exchanged second-inning runs, but a four-run second by BSU was the deciding factor in the 5-1 loss.

On Saturday, Tayler Aleman figured into each of the three runs scored by UNLV against Ball State. Aleman recorded two RBI and touched home plate once, while Amanda Oliveto tossed a shutout. Against Lipscomb, the Rebels broke open a 2-2 game with three unanswered en route to a 5-3 win behind quality relief work from Amber Petersen and Oliveto. Petersen earned the win, while Oliveto was credited with a save.

In Sunday's finale, UNLV and Cal Poly were scoreless until the Scarlet and Gray scored a fifth-inning run off a sacrifice fly from Stefany Valentino. The squads traded runs in the sixth before the Rebels added two insurance tallies in the seventh.

Offensively, UNLV was led by six players with three or more hits. Tayler Aleman and Paige Emerson tied for the top spot with five hits apiece. Aleman led the team in RBI (four), runs (three), doubles (two ) and total bases (10). Heather Harrison topped all hitters with her .500 (4-for-8) batting average.

In the circle, Oliveto went 2-1 with an ERA of 0.95 in four appearances. She threw a total of 22.0 innings with three starts and one relief stint. She struck out 14. Petersen appeared in two games and pitched seven innings. She won once and owned an ERA of 1.00, while striking out seven.

950 "Ws" IN THE BOOKS: UNLV's Pete Manarino notched his 950th career victory last Saturday at Cal Poly's Mustang Classic when the Rebels defeated Lipscomb by a final score of 5-3.

Manarino racked up 843 of his 950 wins in a 23-year stretch at Long Beach State. He has added 108 more victories to his career total as the skipper of the Rebel program.

Since coming to Las Vegas, Manarino has reached two other career milestones: coached his 1,500th