March 6, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The Rebels improved to 4-0 in midweek games this season, pounding out 18 hits in a 14-3 win over Southern Utah here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
Danny Higa was 4-for-4 on the night with a pair of runs scored and an RBI to lead the Rebel offense on the night. The senior Hawaiian native finished a home run away from the cycle. Andy Beresford (1-0) picked up the win in his second appearance of the year, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out one.
The Rebels (7-6) jumped out to an 8-1 lead after three complete innings, thanks in part to a five-run first that saw UNLV bat around the order.
Brandon Bayardi started the scoring with a two-run double to right that scored Trevor Kirk and Trent Cook. Remington Pullin’s fielder’s choice scored Marvin Campbell before Mark Shannon drove in a run with a single to through the left side. Kirk drew a bases loaded walk in his second at-bat of the inning to cap the scoring in the first for the Rebels.
Bayardi’s fly ball made its way past a diving Marcus Romero in the bottom of the second, giving way to an inside the park home run.
After tacking on a run in the third and fifth, UNLV secured the game with another five-run inning, this time coming in the bottom of the eighth. Southern Utah committed two of its six errors on the night in the eighth, allowing the Rebels to extend the inning.
Brady Zuniga threw 4.0 innings on the night, scattering five hits while stirking out a season-high four batters. Nicolas Libonati made his second appearance of the season, throwing two scoreless innings before freshman John Richy worked the ninth for UNLV.
UNLV will be back in action this weekend, hosting Washington State for a three-game weekend series. First pitch Friday night is set for 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.