March 19, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team fell for the first time in Mountain West Conference action tonight at Wilson Stadium, dropping a 12-2 contest to No. 9 TCU.
The Rebels (17-5, 1-1 Mountain West) got off to a fast start against one of the nation’s best pitchers in lefty Matt Purke. Trent Cook’s RBI single up the middle scored Trevor Kirk to make it 1-0 before Richie Jimenez’s RBI base hit pushed the lead to 2-0.
Purke would dial in after the shaky first, limiting the Rebels to just three hits over the ensuing 4.1 innings while finishing with 11 strikeouts on the night.
UNLV starter Joe Robinson (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up seven hits and six runs over 5.1 innings on the hill. Robinson allowed just one hit through the first four innings before the Horned Frogs offense caught fire.
TCU put up a four spot in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead and added eight runs over the next three innings to put the game out of reach at 12-2.
Jesse Garcia threw 2.2 innings in relief, yielding seven hits and six runs while striking out five and walking just one.
The two teams will meet tomorrow to decide the series with first pitch slated for 11:05 a.m. at Wilson Stadium.