March 31, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team struggled offensively for the second straight game, falling to TCU, 2-1 here today at Lupton Stadium.
UNLV (12-15, 1-7 Mountain West) played its 11th one-run game of the season and fell for the sixth time, tallying just two hits in the series-clinching loss.
Trevor Kirk’s solo home run in the top of the eighth inning cut the deficit to 2-1, but Preston Morrison was able to work a three-up, three-down ninth to preserve the win for the Frogs.
The Rebels stranded seven runners on the day, including leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first. After giving up a single to Trent Cook and walking Brandon Bayardi and T.J. White, TCU starter Andrew Mitchell fielded a Cole Wilstead grounder and threw to first to work out of the jam.
Joey Swanner drew a two-out walk in the second and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Mitchell again came up big for TCU, striking out Trevor Kirk to end the Rebel threat.
Mitchell’s counterpart, Zak Qualls (3-2) logged his fourth quality start of the year, allowing just one base runner over the first three innings. Qualls worked 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and striking out three while allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned.
TCU (14-10, 6-2 Mountain West) tallied a run in both the fifth and sixth innings on sacrifice squeezes from Keaton Jones and Jantzen Witte.
The two teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 11 a.m. PT from Lupton Stadium.