Rebels Open Conference Play With A Big Win
March 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV softball team scored early and often in its Mountain West home opener against in-state rival Nevada, Reno Friday evening at Eller Media Stadium. The Rebels claimed a 13-1, run-rule decision in five innings behind a season-best output of runs and season-high tying 11 RBI.
The win improves UNLV's overall record to 11-18 overall and 1-0 in MW play while UNR drops to 18-11 and 0-1, respectively. Besides the victory counting towards the conference standings, it gives the Rebels a leg up in the race for softball's three points in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold.
The Scarlet & Gray hit .480 in the win with seven different players recording at least one hit. Four of those seven batters tallied multiple-hit games with Jamie DePippo leading the way with a three-hit effort. Garie Blando, Stefany Valentino and Tayler Van Acker scattered two hits apiece on the night.
Nine different Rebels crossed home plate with Valentino, Monreal, Van Acker and DePippo registering two touches.
UNR started the game off quickly in the first with its only run of the game off a two-out single by Amanda Weis.
UNLV answered back in a big way in the bottom half of the opening inning with seven runs off of three hits and a little help from a Wolf Pack miscue. The Rebels used Megan Dortch's wildness against her by loading the bases after she issued hit a batter and walked two more. With the bases juiced, Dortch (5-10) plunked Foti to open the floodgates. After Foti was hit by the pitch, Haslinger and DePippo connected on back-to-back singles that resulted in three RBI. Kwyn Cooper then hit a grounder to short that was misplayed and, subsequently, allowed a run to score. Blando capped off the scoring barrage with a two-run triple down the line in right.
The Rebels upped their lead to eight runs with four hits and assistance from another UNR error. Valentino led off with a single and came home two batters later when a single got past centerfielder Sara Parsons and rolled to the fence. The hit forced UNR to go to its bullpen and summon McKenna Isenberg to the circle. With Van Acker sitting comfortably at third, Foti quickly welcomed Isenberg to the game with an RBI single to left.
The home squad went with the long ball to score its final four runs between the third and fourth frames. Monreal and DePippo cranked shots to left with the former's home run scoring Blando and Valentino - both of whom had reached off singles - in the third while the latter's was a solo smash an inning later.
Amanda Oliveto (5-10) picked up the win after she allowed one run off of five hits in five innings of work. Oliveto struck out five against two walks.
Dortch was saddled with the loss in only 1.1 innings of action. She was touched for nine runs (five earned) off five hits and two walks. Isenberg gave up four runs off of seven hits.
The Rebels and Wolf Pack return to Eller Media Stadium Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm. Fans wearing Rebel Red will get half price admission.
NOTES: UNLV's victory Friday night was the 15th in the head-to-head series with UNR in 21 chances ... UNLV has won two straight in the series and four of the past five ... Coincidentally, the last time UNLV had scored 13 runs in a game was on April 26, 2013 in a 13-2 win over UNR in Reno.