UNLV Sweeps Temple
Feb. 28, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball extended its winning streak to six games and finished off a four-game sweep of Temple, as the Rebels rallied in the middle innings for a 12-10 victory on a breezy Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
The Rebels scored eight runs in innings four through six, erasing a four-run deficit and emerging with a three-run lead that would hold the rest of the way. Jared Lee (2-1) came out of the UNLV bullpen and earned the win, helping his team improve to 6-2 overall on the year. Temple reliever Matt Blackburn (0-1) was the victim of an error-filled fifth inning, taking the loss after he gave up four runs, none of which were earned.
UNLV entered the bottom of the fifth down a run, but the first three hitters reached, all on fielding errors by Temple, opening the door for a game-changing four run inning. Jarred Frierson and Drew Beuerlein hit RBI singles in the inning, and the Rebels also scored on the third error and later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Bayardi.
The Owls made it interesting in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with no outs before scoring two runs on sacrifice flies that put runners on the corners, forcing UNLV head coach Buddy Gouldsmith to bring in closer Matt Hutchinson in. The right-hander earned his second save by getting Owl pinch-hitter Ben Flanary to hit into a game-ending fielder's choice to second base.
Temple had jumped out to a 7-3 lead after three innings, scoring four runs in the second and three in the third, and similar to the Rebel fifth inning, all three runs by the Owls in the third were unearned. Byron McKoy had the big blow in the third, a two-run home run to right field off of UNLV starter Andrew Beresford.
Frierson added a two-run triple in the fourth inning, part of a 3-for-5 day for the senior outfielder that included three RBI and two runs scored, and he paced a UNLV offense that churned out 14 hits on the afternoon. Bayardi knocked in four runs and R.J. Arnold scored three runs on the day.
It was an offensive series for the Rebels, who scored a total of 54 runs on 55 hits while hitting .364 as a team in the four games against the Owls.
Tony Jusino had five hits in six trips to the plate and Temple finished the game with 14 hits as well, while each team committed four errors on the afternoon.
The win wrapped up a 6-2 homestand by the Rebels to open up the season, and they will now head out on the road for the first time, traveling to play Arizona in a two-game series that gets underway Tuesday afternoon in Tucson.