Rebels Can't Corral Mustangs
March 9, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball grabbed an early lead and rallied late after falling behind, but gave up three runs in the eighth to Cal Poly that broke a tie game as the Rebels lost 9-6 on Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
After the Rebels tied the game at six in the seventh, the Mustangs scored three of their own in the eighth to get the win. UNLV dropped to 9-13 on the year, with Adam Moser (3-1) taking the loss in relief. Cal Poly improved to 11-10 on the year and Andrew Slorp (2-0) earned the win out of the bullpen.
UNLV jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening inning on a run-scoring single by Efren Navarro Jr. and then a sacrifice fly by Chris Bonnell to give starter Craig Heyer an early advantage on the mound. Heyer took advantage early, allowing just one run through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.
The Mustangs scored five in the fifth, turning a two-run deficit into a 5-3 lead by scoring four runs on four hits in the frame. The blow was a three-run home run by Grant Desme that went over centerfield wall, his seventh of the game. Kyle Smith had a run-scoring single to start the rally which gave Cal Poly the lead.
Cal Poly tacked on another run in the top of the seventh before the Rebels responded with three runs of their own to tie the game at six after seven.
Keith Smith reached on an error to start the inning and then Navarro Jr. hit another single to put two runners on for the Rebels. After a ground out that put runners on the corners, Rance Roundy singled in Smith for the first run of the inning, making it 6-4. Following another ground out that put runners on second and third, Michael Brenly knocked them in with a single, knotting the game at six.
Heyer finished the game giving up five runs, all earned, on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Adam Moser (3-1) was charged with the loss, his first of the year, giving up the two of the three runs in the seventh. Brenly finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Roundy and Navarro Jr. also had a pair of hits as the Rebels had a total of nine.
Logan Schafer had three hits and scored three runs and Kyle Smith had two hits and scored twice as well for the Mustangs, which finished the game with 13 hits. Evan Reed struck out the last two batters of the game to collect his fifth save as well.
UNLV and Cal Poly continue their series tomorrow with the first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. (PST) on Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.