Rebels Top No. 9 Stanford
March 8, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball (11-3) was able to notch its seventh straight victory with a 3-2 win over No. 9 Stanford Friday night at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Rebels got off to an early start, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Stanford committed three errors in the inning and UNLV was able to cash in on the Cardinal mistakes.
Freshman Justin Jones was able to get on base after striking out, but reaching safely on a wild pitch. Jones would score on the next pitch when Erik VanMeetren doubled to right field. Austin Slater kicked the ball, which allowed Jones to get home safely. VanMeetren was brought in when the Slater committed a throwing error after freshman Joey Armstrong reached on a Brian Ragira fielding error.
The Cardinal was able to get on the board in the bottom of the second when Alex Blandino tattooed an Erick Fedde pitch to left field. It was the first home run Fedde has allowed this season.
UNLV added another run in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead when Joey Swanner hit a double down the left field line, scoring Armstrong from second. Stanford would respond with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
The Cardinal would threaten the Rebels’ chances in the seventh, as they a runner in scoring position, but relief pitcher Brady Zuniga got the last two outs by way of strikeout.
As a team the Rebels had five hits, but were struck out 15 times by Stanford’s starter Mark Appel, which was a career high for the All-American. Appel has now struck out at least 10 batters in three consecutive starts. He pitched 7.0 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. His only walk came in the sixth inning when he allowed Jones to reach.
Fedde pitched strong for Rebels in his 6.0 innings of work. He allowed two runs on six hits. Zuniga came in for relief to earn his second save of the season, pitching 3.0 innings. He allowed only one hit and recorded four strikeouts.
Armstrong led the Rebels from the plate, and was the only UNLV player to record multiple hits. He finished 2-for-4 and scored the winning run.
The Rebels will be back in action tomorrow against the Cardinal at 1:00 p.m. UNLV’s Buddy Borden is scheduled to get the nod against Stanford’s John Hochstatter. Fans can follow along via GameTracker or can listen and watch live off of links at UNLVRebels.com.