Wagner Pitches, Hits Rebels To Win
April 24, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - The UNLV Rebels (28-17 overall, 5-2 Mountain West) completed their Mountain West Conference doubleheader sweep of the Utah Utes (21-23, 3-5 MWC) with an 8-1 victory Saturday afternoon. UNLV blanked Utah earlier in the day, 4-0, before claiming the second contest behind Kylie Wagner's (10-4) strong pitching and hitting performances.
The game was scoreless for three innings before each team put up tallies in the fourth. Kendall Fearn led off the frame with a solo blast to left-center off Brittany Parker (2-7). Ashli Holland followed with a walk before moving to third on a single by Tayler Aleman and a groundout by Laura Briones. Wagner then helped her own cause with the first of three hits on the day, an RBI-single that brought Holland to the plate.
Utah quickly answered back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Kara Foster hit a run-scoring double to left that scored Kelsi Hoopiiaina from second after she initially reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a wild pitch.
The Rebels extended their lead to two runs again with a score in the sixth. Holland led off the inning with a double to right and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Tayler Aleman. Briones then plated Holland with an RBI-groundout.
UNLV put some breathing room between itself and Utah with five runs off of four hits. Jaci Hull got things rolling with a one out walk followed by a single by Fearn, who was then pinch-run for by Laura King. The two runners advanced to second and third off a wild pitch thrown by Joni Cook. Holland then dropped down a perfect suicide-squeeze bunt that plated Hull and moved King to third. Briones then knocked in King and Holland with a double to deep right. Wagner duplicated Briones' effort with a double of her own that fell down the line in left that scored Briones. Paige Emerson then hit a single to left that the left fielder misplayed and allowed Wagner to easily score to close out the inning.
Wagner went the distance in the circle for her sixth complete game of the season. She gave up one run on two hits. She struck out two and walked two, as well. Only five batters reached base safely on the day. Three were stranded when the innings ended, one was rubbed out on a double play and one scored.
Parker was saddled with the loss in 4.1 innings of a start. She was touched for two runs on four hits. She walked four and struck out two.
Cook allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in 2.2 relief innings. She also walked one.
UNLV begins the second half of conference play next week with a road trip to San Diego to play the San Diego State Aztecs twice. The Rebels play Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm both days.