Rebs Take Two From Owls
Feb. 26, 2010
LAS VEGAS - An explosive offense in game one and clutch hitting in game two carried UNLV baseball to a doubleheader sweep of Temple on Friday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium, with the Rebels winning by scores of 22-6 and then 10-8.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play one game on Friday and then a doubleheader on Saturday, but the schedule was altered due to the threat of rain on Saturday.
In the night cap the Rebels were trailing by two heading into the bottom of the eighth inning before rallying for four runs, the final two coming on a bases-loaded, two-run single by Nolan Clark. It was the second-straight game-winning hit for Clark, who hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 5-4 win over Southern Utah on Tuesday.
The Rebels used an error and a hit batter to put two on without any out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Owls brought in closer Ryan Thomas, who struck out UNLV shortstop Richie Jimenez for the first out of the inning. Jarred Frierson brought the Rebels to within one, lacing a double to the center-field wall, and then after an intentional walk, Thomas struck out Bayardi swinging for the second out of the inning. The Rebels then tied the game courtesy of a wild pitch and after loading the bases again on a walk, Clark delivered the game-winning hit.
UNLV's came after Temple scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh off of Thomas Whitsett, who then worked a scoreless eighth inning and benefitted from the comeback in earning his first win of the season. Rebel closer Matt Hutchison allowed a hit but did not give up a run in the ninth inning to earn the save to help his team improve to 4-2 overall on the year. Thomas took the loss for the Owls, who saw their record fall to 0-5 on the young season.
After giving up a pair of runs to open the game, the Rebels bounced back with four of their own in the bottom of the first, which included scoring two runs in the frame off of wild pitches and another on a balk. Brandon Bayardi added an RBI single as well during the rally.
Temple knotted the game at four in the top of the third on a two-run single off the bat of Taylor Juron, but the Rebels moved back in front in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Beaty for a 5-4 advantage. The two teams traded runs, as the Owls scored once in the top of the fifth followed by the Rebels pushing a run across in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI triple by Cash Thomas that made the score 6-5.
UNLV sophomore right-hander Tanner Peters struck out a career-high 10 hitters, but he also walked four and gave up six runs on five hits as he did not get a decision for the second time in as many starts.
In the first game of the doubleheader the Rebels used a 12-run fifth inning en route to a 22-6 pounding of the Owls, as UNLV racked up 22 hits, including two home runs off the bat of R.J. Arnold. The freshman third baseman hit a pair of three-run home runs, the first of his career, and he finished the game 4-for-6 with five runs scored and six RBI.
Frierson and Beuerlein each had four hits as well, with Beuerlein driving in four runs, while Frierson and Bayardi each scored three times in the rout. UNLV freshman right-hander Brady Zuniga worked five innings in picking up the win, giving up four runs on seven hits to go along with a strikeout and a walk, as he earned his first career decision.
Temple went through five pitchers in the game, with starter Matt Morgiardini allowing five runs on 10 hits over 3.2 innings of work on the afternoon. Adrian Perez hit a three-run home run for the Owls while Jean Carlos Diaz collected three hits.
UNLV and Temple continue their series Saturday, with the third game set for 2:00 p.m. (PT) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.