March 27, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team suffered its third straight loss, falling 9-7 to the University of New Mexico today at Isotopes Park here in Albuquerque, marking the longest losing streak of the season at three games.
Tyler Iodence got the start for the Rebels (18-9, 1-5 Mountain West), scattering three hits over 5.0 innings of work, walking four and striking out two in the no decision. Brady Zuniga (1-2) takes the loss for the Rebels after giving up six hits and six runs in 1.1 innings in relief.
UNLV raced out to a 4-1 lead after the top of the sixth. Marvin Campbell’s solo homer to right in the Rebel second made it 1-0. Trent Cook singled to lead off the fourth and scored on Campbell’s double off the wall in left. Cash Thomas’ groundout to second allowed Rance Roundy to reach home, making it 3-0.
The Lobos (9-15, 4-2 Mountain West) scored one in the fifth before erupting for a four-run sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Brady Zuniga came in relief for Iodence to start the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to start the inning. After striking out John Twichell, Zuniga gave up back-to-back doubles, bringing the score to 4-3. Kyle Stiner’s sacrifice fly to left knotted the game at 4-4 before Ben Woodchick’s RBI single to left gave UNM its first lead of the day.
The Lobos caught a break in the seventh, with Twichell doubling to center after Thomas lost the ball in the sun to put a runner in scoring position early on. D.J. Peterson extended the UNM lead to 7-4 with a two-run homer to left one batter later, ending Zuniga’s day on the mound.
Cory Ginther took over with one out in the seventh and gave up back-to-back hits to give UNM runners at second and third. Alex Allibriton’s RBI single to right pushed the lead to 8-4 before Ginther was able to close out the inning with a groundout to short.
UNLV cut the lead to 8-6 in the top of the eighth after back-to-back RBI base knocks from Richie Jimenez and Thomas. Remington Pullin’s RBI groundout brought it to 8-7 before Danny Higa was hit by a pitch and Scott Berke walked to load the bases with one out. Hunter Beaty reached on a fielder’s choice with the Lobos getting the force at home before Cook grounded out to third to end the inning.
UNM tacked on one in the eighth on a solo home run from Mitch Garver to make it 9-7. Alexis Garza closed out the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Rebels will be off this coming week before hitting the road and traveling to Sal Lake City, Utah for a three-game weekend with the Utes. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. PT.