March 25, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team dropped its series-opening game to the University of New Mexico, 3-1 here tonight at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M., marking it the third straight conference defeat.
Tonight’s game featured a duel between starting pitchers Tanner Peters (4-1) and Jake McCasland (1-2). Peters threw eight innings, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out six and walking three along the way. His counterpart lasted 7.1 innings, scattering four hits and giving up just one run while walking two and striking out seven in the win.
Peters cruised through the first six innings, allowing just two hits and two runners to reach second base in the process. The Lobos’ (7-15, 2-2 Mountain West) started off the seventh with a leadoff double to put a runner in scoring position early on.
John Twichell’s sacrifice bunt moved Mitch Graver to third before D.J. Peterson singled him home for the first run of the ballgame. Peterson made it 2-0 when he scored from first on Quay Grant’s double down the left field line and Alex Allbritton’s RBI single to right field rounded out the scoring for the Lobos in the seventh, making it 3-0.
UNLV (18-7, 1-3 Mountain West) had its chance to close the gap in the eighth, having the bases loaded with just one out. McCasland’s walk to Cash Thomas allowed Richie Jimenez to score, cutting the lead to 3-1. Hunter Beaty would go down on strikes before Marvin Campbell grounded out to short to end the inning and strand three runners.
Peters walked to two of the first three Lobos batters in the eighth, but was able to get Twichell to foul out to third and Peterson to fly out to center to squash the threat.
The Rebels middle of the lineup came to the plate in the ninth, but was retired in order by Gera Sanchez to end the game.
UNLV and New Mexico will pick up action tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. at Isotopes Park.