Feb. 20, 2011
Box Score l Bayardi and Iodence Interview l Chambers Interview
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Behind a strong first outing on the hill from Tyler Iodence and a first-inning grand slam from sophomore Brandon Bayardi, the UNLV baseball team knocked off the University of Maine in the series finale, 8-2, here at Wilson Stadium.
The win gave the Rebels (4-0) their second series sweep over the Black Bears (0-4) in three years and pushed the all-time series record to 10-1.
Iodence (1-0) went eight complete innings, scattering three this and allowing just two runs while striking out four for his first win. Six different Rebels had a hit in the game with Cook and Travis Feiner picking up two each.
“We had a great start today from Tyler and the offense continued to score some runs,” said Chambers. “It was good to get off to a good start in the first weekend of the year, but we still have a lot of games left and a taxing schedule coming up, so we need to be ready to go out there and keep the consistency up.”
Taylor Lewis led off the Maine first with a single up the middle and stole second to put the Black Bears with a runner in scoring position early on. Following a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Patzalek, Lewis was able to score on Joey Martin’s groundout to second, giving Maine the 1-0 lead.
UNLV quickly responded in the bottom of the inning with Hunter Beaty leading off with a double to center. Back-to-back four-pitch walks to Trent Cook and Rance Roundy loaded the bases for Bayardi, who wasted no time, sending Stephen Perakslis’ first offering over the wall in left field for his second homer in as many days and first-career grand slam.
The Rebels added two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to push the lead to 8-2.
After a one-run first, Iodence breezed through the ensuing seven innings for UNLV, yielding just two hits and one run in that span while striking out four. Thomas Whitsett came on in relief, pitching a three-up, three-down ninth to secure the series sweep.
The Rebels will pick up action next weekend with a four-game set against Central Michigan University. Friday night’s game is slated for a 6:05 p.m. start time at Wilson Stadium.