Big Inning Sparks Rebels
March 11, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball used a nine-run fifth inning to erase an early deficit and beat visiting Northwestern, 12-4, on a chilly Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
In the game-changing frame where the Rebels actually entered down 2-0, they used eight hits in sending 13 batters to the plate to spark them to the victory in improving to 11-4 on the year while Northwestern dropped to 3-8. UNLV starter Tanner Peters improved to 2-0 on the year while NU's starter Joe Muraski (0-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs, although just two were earned, as an error in the fifth contributed to the big inning.
R.J. Arnold and Cash Thomas each collected two-run hits in the rally and the Rebels would finish the night with 18 hits, including three doubles and a triple. Arnold finished the night with a pair of hits and three RBI, and Brandon Bayardi went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.
UNLV's 12 runs marks the 10th time in 15 games that it has reached double-digits on the scoreboard, and the Rebels are a perfect 10-0 in those ball games.
Peters was solid on the mound in winning his second consecutive decision, striking out a career-high 11 batters while walking just two in his six innings of work. He allowed just six hits and the two runs, keeping the Wildcat hitters off balanced all evening long.
UNLV and Northwestern continue their series tomorrow, with the two teams playing a doubleheader at Wilson Stadium, with the first game set for 2:00 p.m. (PT) and game two is slated for 6:00 p.m.