March 10, 2012
LONG BEACH, CA - UNLV's Amanda Oliveto held Cal State Fullerton to just a single hit and retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced Saturday afternoon, helping lead the Rebels to a 3-0 shutout of the Titans at the 49ers Softball Complex in Long Beach as part of the 2012 Long Beach State Invitational.
The loss dropped Fullerton to 11-14 overall as junior Ashley Carter's single off the shortstop's glove up the middle in the sixth was the only ball to reach the outfield on the day for the Titans, who were coming off a doubleheader on Friday night that saw them score 18 runs on 20 hits in two victories over Michigan State and Charleston Southern.
The single extended Carter's hitting streak to three games.
Oliveto (7-7) struck out four and got 15 of her 21 outs via ground balls, allowing only three base runners on the day via Carter's sixth-inning single and third-inning hit by pitch and a walk to Tiffany Sheffler in the second.
Freshman Desiree Ybarra (6-7), making her fourth consecutive start in the circle for Fullerton, suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts in the complete-game effort. She stranded four more Rebel runners, three of those in scoring position, for the contest.
UNLV (11-12 overall) scored twice in the second on four hits as Tara Woodall and Elena Fata smacked two-out singles for the 2-0 advantage. The Rebels added their final run in the sixth as Pauline Monreal led-off with a double, was sacrificed to third, and scored on Korin Cuico's sac fly to center for the final 3-0 tally.
Monreal and Cuico each finished with two hits on the day to pace the Rebels' offense.
Cal State Fullerton closes out tournament play on Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. against Utah State at Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif.