Feb. 25, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team extended its winning streak to five games, routing Central Michigan University by a 10-2 count in the first of its four-game weekend series here at Wilson Stadium.
Tanner Peters (2-0) tallied nine strikeouts on the night in seven innings of work, scattering four hits along the way. The junior righty struck out the side in both the second and third innings. The Rebels totaled 10 runs on 13 hits, led by Ryan Scott’s perfect 5-for-5 day at the plate.
The Rebels jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first on a Trent Cook RBI single through the right side that scored Rance Roundy.
Peters struck out the first two batters in the Chippewa second before giving up a double to Jordan Dean. Dean then stole third and made his way home on an errant throw by catcher Ryan Scott, evening the score at 1-1.
Scott made up for the second-inning error with an RBI double down the left-field line that scored Danny Higa, giving UNLV the 2-1 lead.
Following back-to-back singles by Brandon Bayardi and Cook, Cash Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runners to second and third with one out. Nate Theunissen’s fielding error on a Richie Jimenez fly ball to left allowed Bayardi and Cook to score, bringing the lead to 4-1. Jimenez rounded out the scoring for UNLV in the third, making it 5-1, scoring on a Higa single to left.
After a scoreless fourth and fifth, the Rebels extended their lead to 8-1 following a two-run, pinch-hit single from Hunter Beaty and a throwing error by Robbie Harman at short.
Scott picked up his fourth hit of the night in the top of the seventh, smashing a Jake Sabol offering over the wall in right field for his first home run of the year and the team’s ninth, putting the game out of reach for UNLV.
The Rebels and Chippewas will continue their series tomorrow with a doubleheader at Wilson Stadium. First pitch in game one is slated for 2:05 p.m. with game two scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.