Rebels Play Lights Out In New Mexico
March 7, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) – Nothing, not even a blackout that lasted 15 minutes in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, could stop UNLV baseball (9-3, 4-0 Mountain West) from picking up its first win in four years at New Mexico (8-5-1, 0-1 MW) on Friday night.
The Rebels defeated the Lobos 8-2 behind strong pitching performances and UNM defensive miscues.
UNLV opened the scoring by plating two runs in the top of the second inning when Joey Armstrong singled to right field driving in Patrick Armstrong and A.J. Hernandez. The reigning Mountain West regular season champions countered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game.
From then on it was a pitching duel between UNLV’s Erick Fedde and UNM’s Drew Bridges. Fedde allowed two runs on four hits and walked three while striking out five, which are the most strikeouts he has recorded against New Mexico when playing in Albuquerque, in 6.0 innings of work. Bridges also allowed two runs on five hits and walked five while striking out only one in 6.1 innings of work. Neither factored into the decision but Fedde recorded his fourth quality start of the year.
The Rebels were held scoreless until the eighth inning when Pat Armstrong and Hernandez reached on fielding errors and came around to score. Armstrong scored on a sacrifice fly by Morgan Stotts and Hernandez scored by way of a New Mexico balk.
UNLV added four more runs in the top half of the ninth when the Rebels’ bats came to life. Craig Shul, T.J. White, Pat Armstrong, Edgar Montes and Stotts each recorded a hit in the final frame. The Lobos also committed two errors to extend the inning for UNLV.
Joey Lauria (2-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up his second win of the year, pitching an inning of relief. Brayden Torres (2) earned the save after pitching 2.0 innings of relief, allowing no runs on two hits and recording two strikeouts.
From the plate, the Rebels were led by senior Pat Armstrong, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and also score three runs.
UNLV head coach Tim Chambers and his staff picked up their first victory in the Land of Enchantment since taking over the reins of the program in 2010.
The Rebels and Lobos will play game two of the three game set on Saturday with first pitch slated to be at 2:00 p.m. MT/1:00 p.m. PT. Fans can watch the action unfold on UNLVRebels.com.