March 26, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV lost for the second straight day to New Mexico, signaling a second straight Mountain West Conference series loss with a 7-6 defeat here at Isotopes Park tonight.
Joe Robinson (3-2) suffered his second loss of the season after lasting just three innings, giving up eight hits and six runs in the process. Jesse Garcia and Max Javate combined to go five innings, yielding just three hits and one run in relief. Trent Cook and Marvin Campbell each had multi-hit games to lead the Rebel offense on the night.
The Rebels (18-8, 1-4 Mountain West) opened up a 4-0 lead after the top of the second. Campbell led off with a triple to center field and scored on Richie Jimenez’s single to right, making it 1-0. Ryan Scott walked and Cash Thomas moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt before Danny Higa cleared the bases with a single to center, extending the lead to 3-0. Higa would round out the scoring for UNLV after reaching home on Trent Cook’s RBI single.
The Lobos (8-15, 3-2 Mountain West) responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second to cut the lead to 4-2. Mitch Garver singled to start the inning and eventually scored on a throwing error by Rebel catcher Scott. Sam Wilson’s RBI single scored John Twichell before Robinson was able to close out the inning.
UNM took the lead an inning later at 5-4 after scoring three runs on three this. Quay Grant’s two-run single was followed by an Alex Allibritton RBI groundout.
The Lobos extended their lead to 6-4 in the fourth off a Twichell sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ben Woodchick. UNLV again cut the lead to one at 6-5 in the top of the of the fifth on Campbell’s RBI double. Campbell would advance to third on the play following a fielding error, but was stranded after Jimenez’s groundout to short.
UNM added one in the bottom half of the fifth before UNLV again closed the gap to one in the top of the seventh. Cook doubled and scored on Rance Roundy’s RBI single to right, but that would be as close as the Rebels would get.
Gera Sanchez pitched a three-up, three-down ninth for UNM, striking out back-to-back batters to close the game and pick up his third save of the season.
UNLV and New Mexico will conclude its weekend series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. at Isotopes Park.