March 4, 2011
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) – Junior Tanner Peters continued his dominance on the mound and the Rebel offense never slowed down, pounding out 12 hits en route to a 9-0 win over the University of Nevada, Reno here today at Pecolle Park.
Today’s game marked the first time the Rebels (9-2) had won in Reno since the 2003 season. Peters (3-0) scattered five hits and never allowed more than one in a single inning while striking out eight in the win. Cash Thomas was 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored while Trent Cook, Brandon Bayardi and Rance Roundy each notched a pair of RBI.
Powered by a three-run first inning, the Rebels offense set the tone and never looked back. Hunter Beaty and Trevor Kirk smacked back-to-back singles to open the game for the UNLV. Beaty scored on Cook’s double down the left field to before Bayardi’s sacrifice fly brought in Kirk. Cook would eventually score on the same play by way of a throwing error by UNR shortstop Joe Kohan.
The Wolf Pack’s (0-7) lone chance to get back in the game came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Peters, however, responded to the pressure, freezing Carlos Escobar on a called third strike and getting Jamison Rowe to pop up to short to end the inning.
The Rebels added five more runs over a three-inning span to increase their lead to 8-0. Thomas doubled to bring in Roundy and later scored on an error by Garrett Yrigoyen in the fourth. Kirk singled to start the fifth while Cook walked to give another running in scoring position. Roundy’s third hit of the day scored both and increased the lead to 7-0.
Thomas tripled to start the sixth and scored on a Troy Marks balk while Bayardi smashed his fourth home run of the season in the top of the ninth to cap the scoring for UNLV.
The two teams will pick up action tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Pecolle Park.