Texas Tech Strands 15 in 5-3 Loss to UNLV|
The Red Raiders dropped their second-straight game with a 5-3 loss to UNLV Friday evening.
March 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UNLV plated three runs over the first two innings and then added two more in the sixth to defeat Texas Tech, 5-3, Friday evening at Eller Media Stadium.
The loss was the second of the day for the Red Raiders (25-11), who also fell to No. 18 Tulsa, 5-1. It marked only the third time this year where Tech had dropped back-to-back games.
"We couldn't get the timely hits we're accustomed to in either game really," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We have to do a better job driving in runs in key situations and not leaving runners on base. We obviously didn't do a very good job of that today."
Tech stranded a season-high 15 base runners, including the bases loaded in the first, third and seventh innings. It followed a similar performance from earlier in the day where the Red Raiders left nine on against Tulsa.
Amanda Oliveto (11-9) allowed eight hits and walked nine in the complete-game victory where she tossed 170 total pitches. She also struck out nine while allowing at least one base runner in every inning.
UNLV (13-18) finished with just seven hits off Tech pitchers Gretchen Aucoin and Brittany Talley. It marked just the second time this season and the sixth time in Hays' four seasons where Tech lost when leading in hits.
The Rebels scored two runs in the first off a two-out RBI single from Tayler Aleman that was followed by a triple from Alyssa Cordova. Stefany Valentino added to UNLV's lead the following inning with another two-out hit as she singled to center field.
UNLV also added what turned into necessary insurance runs in the sixth with a Emily Haslinger sacrifice fly and then a wild pitch from Talley that brought in another run.
The Red Raiders only had one RBI in the game which came off a bases-loaded walk to Sandy James in the fourth. Tech's other two runs both came off UNLV fielding errors.
Aucoin (5-1) picked up her first loss of the season as she surrendered three runs off four hits while striking out four in the first two innings. Talley also struck out three while allowing two runs over the final four frames.
The Red Raiders close their stay in Las Vegas Saturday morning with a doubleheader against Boise State. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT at Eller Media Stadium.