Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aztecs fall, Rebels win in home tourney openers

Right-handed pitcher Kelsey Nunley held San Diego State to just three hits in a 4-0 win for No. 22/24 Kentucky on the opening day of the Campbell-Cartier Classic in San Diego.

The Aztecs didn't have many chances to score, but their best opportunity came in the sixth on a single, walk and Wildcat error.  Nunley was able to get Kristin May on an infield pop-up to end the frame and erase the bases-loaded threat for San Diego State.

Rebecca Arbino (3-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 6+ innings.  With two runners aboard and no one out in the top of the seventh, the Aztecs trailed 2-0 when Coach Kathy Van Wyk summoned freshman Danielle O'Toole from the bullpen to replace Arbino.

O'Toole's first pitch was stroked for an RBI single up the middle, and another run later scored on a 2-out single.  Both were charged to Arbino.    

UNLV 2, San Jose State 1 -- In the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, the Rebels had just enough offense to get past the Spartans.  Tayler Aleman hit a 2-run home run in the first inning after Stefany Valentino walked, and those were the only runs the Rebels scored ... or needed.

For a long while, it looked like that would be UNLV's only hit of the game too.  The Rebels finished with just two hits in the contest against San Jose State senior pitcher Amanda Pridmore, who let that one pitch beat her.  UNLV's junior right-hander Amanda Oliveto did a good job keeping the Spartans off the scoreboard.

San Jose State had hits in every inning but the seventh, and out-hit the Rebels eight to two in the game.  Oliveto, however, did what she needed to keep the Spartans at bay.  San Jose State was foiled at numerous scoring opportunities.  The Spartans had two hits in the first inning and couldn't score, left two runners aboard in the second, left the bases loaded in the fifth, hit into a double play, and had runners thrown out at both second and third base to end threats in separate innings.

Oliveto won her third game of the season.  She has all of UNLV's victories.