Rebels Win Four Of Five At Fall Classic
Nov. 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - 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
Game 2 vs. Cypress: BOX SCORE
Game 3 vs. Yavapai: BOX SCORE
Game 4 vs. Yavapai: BOX SCORE
Game 5 vs. College of Southern Nevada: BOX SCORE
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).