March 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Junior Erick Fedde pitched a complete game masterpiece to give UNLV baseball (15-6/8-2 Mountain West) a 5-4 win over San Diego State (16-5/4-3 MW) on Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
The Las Vegas native pitched his second career complete game and struck out a career-high 12 batters. He recorded multiple strikeouts in the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Fedde (4-1, 2.08 ERA) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and walked two for his sixth quality start this season and his seventh consecutive dating back to last year.
The Aztecs opened the game by taking a 1-0 lead in the first and extended it to 2-0 after two complete innings.
UNLV cut into the Aztecs' lead when Matt McCallister hit his second home run of the year in the bottom of the third inning.
The Rebels tied the game in the fifth inning when T.J. White hit a two-out triple to left center, scoring Joey Swanner from second. UNLV added three more runs in the sixth on zero hits to give the Rebels a 5-2 lead.
SDSU scored two runs to cut the deficit to 5-4 in the seventh inning. The Aztecs looked to tie the game in the eighth inning after Greg Allen singled to lead off the frame, was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third base. Fedde then struck out the last two batters of the inning, leaving Allen stranded at third.
After the Justin Jones hit a two-out triple in the bottom of the eighth and was stranded at third, Fedde came out for the ninth inning and induced a fly to centerfield where Joey Armstrong made a spectacular diving catch to record the first out. Fedde then struck out the next batter on three straight pitches and induced a fly to right field for the final out.
As a team, UNLV recorded six hits in the game and Patrick Armstrong led the team by going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Rebels and Aztecs will be back in action on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT for the second game of the three-game series. Junior John Richy (4-0, 2.23 ERA) will get the nod for UNLV, while sophomore Bubba Derby (3-0, 2.57 ERA) is projected to start for the Aztecs.
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