March 6, 2011
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team completed its sweep over the University of Nevada, Reno, taking game three by a 5-0 score here today at Peccole Park.
Tyler Iodence (3-0) picked up his third win of the season after throwing 6.1 innings, giving up four hits while striking out three. Rance Roundy capped a stellar weekend in which he went 10-for-11 at the plate with a 3-for-3 day today with three RBI and two runs scored.
The Rebels wasted no time in building an early 4-0 lead in the first. Hunter Beaty led off with a triple and scored on Scott Berke’s groundout to second. After Trent Cook singled up the middle and Brandon Bayardi walked, Roundy picked up his eighth hit of the series, driving in both runners to push the lead to 3-0. Marvin Campbell doubled to left center one batter later, scoring Roundy from first.
The series finale became a pitcher’s duel after the first-inning fireworks from the Rebels. Iodence allowed just one base runner in the first and second innings, with both reaching on walks before retiring the Wolf Pack in order in the third.
Brock Stassi reached on a throwing error by Beaty to leadoff the UNR fourth and advanced on Hugo Hernandez’s single to left; UNR’s first hit of the day. With no outs, Iodence received some help from the defense as Danny Higa snagged a line drive at short and doubled up Hernandez at first on the play. Iodence would get Brian Barnett to groundout to end the inning and the threat.
Braden Shipley’s two-out triple in the UNR fifth marked the first Wolf Pack player to reach third base, but the threat was quickly put to rest as Iodence got Jamison Rowe to groundout to second to end the inning.
Iodence ran into trouble in the seventh after surrendering back-to-back singles to Barnett and Joe Kohan. Escobar popped out to short and Braden Shipley drew a walk to load the bases, forcing the Rebels to turn to the pen. Brady Zuniga entered and quickly squelched the UNR threat with two groundouts.
After Roundy’s solo home run in top of the eighth that brought the score to 5-0, the Wolf Pack tried to rally in the bottom half. Stassi drew a leadoff walk and Hernandez singled before Jesse Garcia was called in relief for Zuniga. Garcia then got Nick Melino to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and Barnett fly out to center to end the inning.
Garcia worked a three-up, three-down ninth, striking out Shipley to end the game and give UNL V its first series sweep in Reno since the 1986 season and just the third overall in Reno.
UNLV will be back in action starting, starting a five-game home stand with a mid-week series against Arizona. First pitch Tuesday night is slated for 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.