Rebels Rally For 7-4 Win Over The Wolf Pack
March 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV softball team (12-18, 2-0 Mountain West) claimed a series victory over the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack (18-12, 0-2 MW) Saturday afternoon with its 7-4, come-from-behind win at Eller Media Stadium. The Rebels scored six unanswered runs - four of which came in the third inning - to rally from a three-run deficit.
Saturday's win coupled with yesterday's 13-1 triumph by the Scarlet & Gray gives UNLV's athletics department the three points designated for softball in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy and sponsored by Barrick Gold. With the addition of the points, UNLV increases its lead in the standings to nine (18.0 to 9.0) over UNR.
Trailing by three runs after two frames, UNLV scored four times with the assistance of three hits and a Wolf Pack miscue. The Rebels loaded up the bases quickly against Megan Dortch (7-6) when the UNR hurler hit Garie Blando, allowed a single to Samantha Juarez and hit Stefany Valentino. Pauline Monreal then stepped up with the bases juiced and drilled a line-drive off third baseman Jasmine Jenkins' right knee that ricocheted into the Rebels' dugout. Blando and Juarez scored on the play, which was ruled a double, to flip the momentum towards the home team. Moments after the Wolf Pack had to rearrange its defense for Jenkins' injury, Tayler Van Acker laced a single up the middle to plate two more runners and put UNLV up for good.
The Rebels added two insurance tallies in the sixth when Monreal smashed a home run to left field that brought home Valentino, who had initially reached off a single.
UNLV opened up the game with a quick score in the first when Blando came around from second on an RBI double by Valentino. Blando led off the contest with a walk and moved up 60 feet off a sacrifice bunt by Juarez.
In all, Monreal went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored. Van Acker was the only other Rebel to record a multiple-RBI game while Blando and Valentino also had multiple-run outings.
The Wolf Pack scored all of its runs in the second behind a five-hit outburst. Three of the runs came off a Sara Parsons home run after she followed a pair of teammates that had reached base safely with singles against Alex Petrolia. Hannah Harger and Danielle Wiltz partnered up for the fourth run when the former hit a single and the latter smacked a triple to right center.
Morgan Ettinger (6-4) relieved Petrolia in the fourth inning and picked up the victory for UNLV in three innings of scoreless relief. Ettinger, who struck out two against two walks, did not allow a hit during her stint in the circle.
Amanda Oliveto picked up her second save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning. Oliveto struck out two, but allowed one hit.
UNR's Megan Dortch (7-6) was saddled with the loss for the second straight day, as she was touched for five runs off of five hits. Dortch walked two and fanned one.
The third and final game of the conference series is scheduled for 1:00 pm Sunday. The contest has been deemed as the Rebels' annual Pink Game and all ans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Those in pink will receive half-price tickets. Families can come out early from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to Rebel Kids Club Day at Rebel Park.
NOTES: UNLV's victory Saturday was the 16th in the head-to-head series with UNR in 22 chances ... UNLV has won three straight in the series and five of the past six ... Oliveto's save was the fifth of her career and it moves her into sole possession of sixth place in UNLV's career record book.