Rebels Split Doubleheader Against Tennessee
Feb. 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team split two games against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Volunteers won the first game 8-3 in a scheduled seven innings, while the Rebels won the nightcap 5-4 in nine innings.
UNLV jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the first game of the doubleheader, thanks in part to a throwing error that scored sophomore T.J. White in the first inning. Freshman Joey Armstrong drove in Brandon Bayardi to end the first inning scoring. In the second, sophomore Joey Swanner drove in freshman Matt McCallister from second.
Tennessee then scored eight unanswered runs to win the game 8-3 in seven innings. Seven of the Volunteers' runs came in the fourth and fifth innings.
Getting the win for Tennessee was Andy Cox, who pitched 4.0 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Trevor Bettencourt earned the save after holding the Rebels to no hits or runs in three innings. He finished with four strikeouts and two walks.
Sophomore John Richy was credited with the loss after pitching 4.1 innings. He allowed eight hits and seven earned runs, while walking three and striking out two. Junior Nicolas Libonati and freshman Braden Torres made relief appearances, neither of which allowed a run.
Swanner was the only Rebel to have multiple hits in the first game, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. He finished the game going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
In the second game, Tennessee started the game with one run in the first inning that came off of a Rebel error. That unearned run would be the Volunteers only score against Rebels' junior starter Buddy Borden. Borden pitched 7.2 innings, struck out nine batters and had a streak of 14 consecutive outs.
The Volunteers made the game closer in the ninth, scoring three runs against UNLV's closer Zack Hartman. Hartman was able to buckle down and get Tennessee's Scott Price to fly out to center field. Coming into the third game, Price had torched the Rebels, going 7-for-9. In the third game, though, the UNLV pitchers had him figured out, leaving him 0-for-5 in the game.
The difference in the final score could have been larger, but UNLV failed to capitalize with runners on base. The Rebels stranded a total of 12 runners on base.
UNLV led by sophomore catcher Erik VanMeetren, as he was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and one run scored. Swanner finished 2-for-5 with one RBI, extending his hit streak to 17 games. Senior outfielder Brandon Bayardi was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base, but was replaced in the sixth inning by freshman Cody Howard.
The Rebels and the Volunteers will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.