UNLV 6, TARLETON STATE 4
FORT COLLINS, CO – Denise Armendariz dug UNLV out of a late-inning hole, launching a three-run home run in the top of the seventh as the Rebels came back to top Tarleton State and stay on track for a berth in the championship round of the 2022 NISC.
UNLV (40-14) will play Baylor or North Alabama on Wednesday; that game-winner will be in the NISC final four.
Mia Trejo and Janyssa Martin both walked to start the seventh for third-seeded UNLV, and Armendariz hit a no-doubt blast to left-center to make it 6-4.
Georgia Capell and Katy Schaefer both hit solo home runs for No. 11 Tarleton State (30-25) in the bottom of the sixth inning that pushed the team ahead, 4-3. That was Capell’s fifth home run of the tournament, and Schaefer hit a solo home run for the Texans in the bottom of second.
Armendariz jumped in earlier Tuesday with a two-run RBI for UNLV in the third, and she added another run-scoring hit in the fifth, giving her all six of the team’s RBI on the day.
Tarleton State had an early rally with an RBI single from Brittany Coe, closing the Texans within 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth. With the tying run on third, UNLV reliever Alanna Thiede measured up to the moment, striking out two batters to end the threat.