March 16, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team dropped the Mountain West opener to visiting TCU by a 5-2 score here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
TCU (9-6) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, scoring on an RBI single from Josh Elander, RBI groundout by Jerrick Suiter and a balk from starting pitcher Joe Robinson (2-2). The three-run lead would prove to be enough as TCU starter Stefan Crichton was able to hold the lead.
UNLV (10-8) starter Joe Robinson calmed down following the three-run first, yielding just four hits over the ensuing six innings. Robinson went seven innings on the night, scattering eight hits while striking out five and walking just one.
UNLV cut the lead to 3-1 in the second off Danny Higa’s RBI groundout that scored Marvin Campbell who had led the inning off with a double to left.
The Frogs extended the lead to 4-1 in the fifth on an RBI single to right from Braden Mattson and had the chance to put the game out of reach in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs. Brady Zuniga came on in relief for Robinson, giving up a groundout RBI before recording two strikeouts to end the threat.
T.J White brought the Rebels to within three at 5-2 in the bottom half of the seventh with his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the wall in left field, but that’s as close as UNLV would get as Justin Scharf pitched two hitless innings to pick up his second save of the season and extend TCU’s winning streak to seven games.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow, with first pitch slated for 2:05 p.m. here at Wilson Stadium.