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March 15, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNLV baseball pounded out 20 hits on its way to a 15-6 rout of New Mexico in a Mountain West Conference tilt at Isotopes Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Rebels used a big seven-run fourth inning and never looked back in improving to 9-7 overall on the year and 2-0 in league play. UNLV starter Thomas Whitsett (2-0) was the beneficiary of all the runs, picking up the win as he allowed four runs on 10 hits in five innings of work. UNM dropped to 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the MWC with Bobby LaFramboise taking the loss after he gave up six runs, five earned, in 3.1 innings before he was chased from the game.

Early on in the game though, the Rebels found themselves down 3-2 heading into the fourth inning before exploding and taking the lead for good.

The Rebels used six hits in the frame to score seven runs, including four run-scoring singles with two out to blow open a close game. Michael Brenly, Scott Berke, Steve Rinaudo, Rance Roundy and Braden Walker all collected the run-scoring singles in the inning. UNLV tacked on three more runs in the fifth to extend the lead 10-3 and never looked back in rolling to the victory.

Rinado finished with three RBI and first baseman Xavier Scruggs drove in three as well, hitting a two-run double as part of a three-run seventh inning and he also scored three runs. Walker had four hits in five at-bats as well for the Rebels.

UNLV and UNM finish their series on Sunday, with the first pitch set for 12:00 p.m. (PT), with Rinaudo set to take the mound for the Rebels.



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