March 10, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – For the ninth time in 15 games this season, the UNLV baseball team found themselves in a one-run game, and for the fifth time they ended up on the winning side after a 4-3, series-clinching win today over Washington State.
The Rebels (9-6) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cap a come-from-behind win and clinch the series with the Cougars (7-5).
Marvin Campbell’s solo homer to right-center field to lead off the eighth tied the game at 3-3 before Trevor Kirk’s infield single scored Scott Dysinger for the game-winner. Campbell finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and an RBI to lead the Rebel offense.
Zak Qualls (2-0) scattered eight hits and gave up three runs in 5.1 innings pitched, marking his second straight no decision. Mark Shannon inherited a one out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth, but punched out two straight batters to keep the Rebels within a run. Shannon (1-2) picked up the win after throwing 2.2 innings of one-hit ball while notching three strikeouts.
Washington State took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single through the right side by Derek Jones. The Cougars led the game off with back-to-back singles, getting to the freshman Qualls early.
UNLV answered in the second tying the game at 1-1 on a T.J White groundout and taking the lead on Scott Tomassetti’s RBI base knock through the left side. Tomassetti raised his season average to .323 after a 3-for-4 day in the box.
WSU regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top half of the fourth. Jones led off with a double down the left-field line and scored one batter later on Adam Nelubowich’s double to right. PJ Jones’ grounder to first was fielded by Cook, whose throw home was just high of a sliding Nelubowich.
Shannon was aided by a stellar UNLV defense in the field, as the Rebels turned three, inning-ending double plays.
Zack Hartman came on in the ninth in search of his third save of the year and after issuing a one-out walk to Ian Sagdal, struck out the final two batters to close the books on the Cougars.