Rebels Win Four Of Five At Fall Classic
Samantha Juarez led the Rebels with a .667 batting average (8-for-12) at the Fall Classic.
Samantha Juarez led the Rebels with a .667 batting average (8-for-12) at the Fall Classic.

Nov. 3, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV softball team went 4-1 this weekend in its own Fall Classic played at Eller Media Stadium. UNLV began the three-day tournament on Friday with an 8-1 win over Porterville College before suffering a 7-6 loss to Cypress College. The Rebels rebounded from the defeat with three consecutive wins. They kicked off their successful run with consecutive victories in run-rule fashion over Yavapai on Saturday (8-0 in five innings) and Sunday (9-0 in five) before a come-from-behind, 6-4 triumph over the College of Southern Nevada to close out the 11-game tourney.

As a team, the Rebels hit 230 points better (.439-.209) on the weekend than their opposition with 34 more hits (58-24) in 17 more at-bats (132-115). UNLV legged out 21 extra-base hits (12 doubles, five home runs and four triples) to amass an astonishing .705 slugging percentage. More impressively, the team tallied only three strikeouts compared to nine walks.

The Scarlet & Gray were led offensively by seven players that registered .438 batting averages and at least four hits. Junior Samantha Juarez led the team with her .667 hitting off an 8-for-12 showing at the plate. Juarez scattered six singles and one double to help produce a team-best six runs and three RBI. Sophomore Jamie DePippo registered team highs in hits (nine) and slugging percentage (1.214) with two home runs, two doubles and five singles in 14 at-bats. DePippo also plated seven runners and touched home plate five times, as well.

Senior Stefany Valentino, a two-time All-Mountain West performer and 2013 NFCA All-West Region Second Team selection, and freshman newcomer Kwyn Cooper hit .500 off 8-for16 and 5-for-10 performances, respectively. The former knocked in a team-high nine RBI behind two doubles and a triple, while the latter smashed two doubles for one RBI.



Sophomore Alyssa Cordova (.467/7-for-15), junior transfer Lexie McKinnon (.444/4-for-9), sophomore Emily Haslinger (.438/7-for-16) and sophomore Emilie Valadez (.400/2-for-5) rounded out those with high averages.

In the circle, the Rebels used three hurlers on the weekend for a 1.58 ERA in 31 innings. Freshman Morgan Ettinger went 2-0 in three appearances with a 0.54 ERA. Ettinger struck out 13 against two walks and nine hits in 13.0 innings of work. Senior Amanda Oliveto was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and nine strikeouts in 10 innings. Sophomore transfer Alex Petrolia was 1-0 with 12 Ks and a 2.62 ERA in eight frames of action.

Game 1 vs. Porterville: BOX SCORE
UNLV broke open a scoreless affair with seven unanswered runs between the third and fifth innings. Valentino knocked in the first run of the game off an RBI single in the third, while DePippo came up big in the fourth and fifth with an RBI double and a three-run home run, respectively. Ettinger got the start, struck out eight and blanked Porterville in her 5.0 innings of work.

Game 2 vs. Cypress: BOX SCORE
UNLV fell behind Cypress by four runs - 6-2 - through 5.5 innings before it fought back to even the score at 6-all in the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, the visitors scored the only run in the seventh to win the contest 7-6. The game began with five first-inning runs, four of which were unearned. Cypress scored three to open up the affair only to see UNLV get two of its own in the bottom half of the first. The visitors extended their lead to two off a solo homer and then to four off a two-run single. McKinnon sparked the Rebel comeback in the sixth with a two-run single and a run before back-to-back RBI singles by Juarez and Haslinger. After Cypress scored the would-be game-winner in the seventh, UNLV got a runner to third, but was unable to even the score.

Game 3 vs. Yavapai: BOX SCORE
The Rebel offense fired on all cylinders against Yavapai with an eight-run, 13-hit performance in five innings. Haslinger led the team with two runs, while six others touched the plate in the contest. Valentino knocked in a team-high three RBI (sac fly and 2-run triple) and Pauline Monreal had two more off a home run. Oliveto and Ettinger teamed up to throw a one-hit shutout with the former getting the win in 3.0 innings of action.

Game 4 vs. Yavapai: BOX SCORE
UNLV kept the pedal down against Yavapai with a 9-0 win in five innings on Sunday. The Rebels opened up with a quick 3-0 lead in the first and never looked back. Juarez was responsible for four of the nine runs with two RBI and two runs scored. Valentino and DePippo plated two RBI, as well, while McKinnon touched home plate twice, too. Just like the previous encounter with Yavapai, two pitchers - this time Petrolia and Oliveto - partnered to throw a two-hit shutout.

Game 5 vs. College of Southern Nevada: BOX SCORE
A second-inning defensive miscue allowed CSN to jump out to a 4-0 before UNLV took advantage of its opponent's errors to fight back for a 7-4 win. The Rebels cut the deficit in half with a run in both the second and third before they took control in the fourth with four scores. The Scarlet & Gray added an insurance run in the sixth to extend its lead to three. Valentino led all with two doubles and three RBI. In the circle, Ettinger got the win in 6.0 innings of work, while Oliveto notched a save.

The Rebels return to EMS with its annual Alumnae Game on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:00 am. They have also scheduled a doubleheader against CSN for Nov. 15 (11:00 am and 1:00 pm).

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