March 8, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team had its four-game winning streak snapped following its 12-1 loss to 14th-ranked Arizona here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
The Wildcats (10-2) pounded out 16 hits and jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Rebels (11-3) were able to get a run on the board. Scott Dysinger (2-1) was charged with the loss for UNLV after giving up seven hits and six runs in four innings pitched, including a five-run first.
The Rebels, who entered the game averaging 11.6 hits per game were held to just three on the night, going the first three innings with just one runner reaching on a walk.
The Wildcats opened the game up with three singles in their first four at-bats before taking advantage of control issues by Dysinger. After hitting Seth Mejias-Brean to walk in the second run of the inning, Alex Mejia’s bases-clearing, two-out double pushed the lead to 5-0.
Joey Rickard’s solo home run to left in the top of the second made it 6-0 and Arizona would go on to add one run in both the fifth and sixth innings before the UNLV offense showed signs of life.
Richie Jimenez walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth and advanced to second on a Vincent Littleman balk. Hunter Beaty’s single through the right side pushed Jimenez to third where he would score one batter later on Trent Cook’s groundout to second.
UNLV’s last hit of the night came from the team’s hottest bat in the lineup, Rance Roundy, who drove a two-out double to left field before being stranded on base by a Brandon Bayardi strikeout which ended the inning.
Arizona would score four runs in the top of the ninth off five hits to increase its lead to 12-1 while Bryce Bandilla worked a clean ninth to secure the win.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow to conclude their mid-week with first pitch slated for 2:05 p.m. from Wilson Stadium.