UNLV Gives Up Three Unanswered In Loss To UNR
April 27, 2013
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (19-26, 5-6 Mountain West) suffered a hard-fought, 5-4 loss in eight innings to the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack (29-10, 8-6 MW) on Saturday afternoon at Hixson Softball Park in Reno, Nev. The game was a seesaw affair that witnessed three lead changes and three ties.
After UNLV had taken a 4-3 lead following a three-run sixth inning, UNR scored once in its half of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to rally back for the victory.
Amanda Oliveto (16-14) was saddled with the loss in one inning of work for the Rebels. Oliveto entered the contest in relief in the seventh, but was unable to keep the Wolf Pack off the scoreboard in the stanza. UNR had a would-be, game-tying run thrown out at the plate moments before they tied it up off a single to right field. In the eighth, she pitched the bases loaded after allowing three to reach off a walk, a single and a hit-by-pitch.
Francesca Foti, who had thrown the first six innings to start the affair, reentered the circle to relieve Oliveto in the eighth. Foti got the first batter she faced to strikeout, but the following one - Megan Sweet - hit a sacrifice fly to center to win the game.
Both teams came out of the gate with a run apiece in the first inning. UNLV scored its off a double by Tayler Van Acker - the first of her three hits on the day - to left-center to score Stefany Valentino from second. Valentino led off the at-bat with an infield single before moseying into scoring position after Katie Uriarte's sacrifice bunt.
UNR countered the Rebel run with its first sacrifice fly of the day. Karley Hopkins scored on the fly after initially reaching on a single, moving to second on a wild pitch and advancing to third on a fly out to right. Sara Parsons was credited with the RBI on the fly out.
The home team took its first lead of the game in the fourth off an infield single.
The Rebels staked themselves to a two-run advantage in the sixth with help from a three-hit inning, two of which knocked in the scores. Van Acker tied the game with an RBI single to score Uriarte from second after she reached on an infield single. Aleman followed Van Acker's AB by getting hit by a pitch - her third in the series, thus far - to put runners at first and second. Monreal then laced a double to left-center to bring both Van Acker and Tayler Aleman in to close out the scoring.
UNR's Karlyn Jones improved to 16-8 on the year after throwing all eight innings and giving up four runs off of seven hits. Jones struck out seven batters, while not walking one.
Foti threw 6.2 innings and gave up three runs off of eight hits. She struck out four against two walks.
UNLV and UNR return to Hixson Softball Park on Sunday for the rubber match in the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for noon. Prior to the contest, the Wolf Pack will honor its four seniors who will be playing their final home games.
With the series knotted at one-game apiece, Sunday's winner will claim the three points that are up for grabs in the standings in the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. Currently, UNLV owns a 19.5 to 10.5 advantage in the Series thanks to the Scarlet & Gray's men's tennis and women's golf teams performances this week.
NOTES: Dating back to 1985, UNLV owns a 13-6 head-to-head series lead over UNR ... UNLV had won two straight in the series before UNR's win on Saturday... UNR's win on Saturday evened up the head-to-head series record for games played in Reno to 3-all.