March 31, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV baseball (20-8/9-3 Mountain West), which is ranked No. 19 by Perfect Game and No. 25 by Baseball America, beat Creighton (12-10-1) 3-1 on a cold Monday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. CT but was bumped up to 4:00 p.m. CT to avoid cold weather. It proved to be a good decision as the game temperature at first pitch was 58 degrees, but by the time the two teams got into the seventh inning, wind chills inside the stadium were below freezing.
UNLV starting pitcher Kenny Oakley (2-2) fought off the cold weather, the 30 mile per hour winds and the Bluejay batters to earn the victory. He allowed one run on only three hits and struck out nine while walking one in 8.0 innings of work. Brayden Torres (6) earned his third save of the road trip and sixth of the year after pitching one inning, where he struck out one and faced the minimum three batters.
The Bluejays got on the board in the third inning after a single and two wild pitches put the runner at third base. He scored when the next batter grounded out to second base.
UNLV tied the game when Joey Armstrong singled to the pitcher in the sixth inning, scoring Patrick Armstrong from third. Joey Armstrong moved to second on a Morgan Stotts single and Edgar Montes would drive in Joey Armstrong from second one batter later.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the eighth when A.J. Hernandez tripled to right field, scoring Erik VanMeetren from second.
From the plate, UNLV notched seven hits as a team. Justin Jones, T.J. White, VanMeetren, Joey Armstrong, Stotts, Hernandez and Montes each recorded a hit in the game.
The Rebels will next resume Mountain West play with a three-game series at Fresno State on Friday. Fans can watch the action live from Fresno on UNLVRebels.com thanks to the Mountain West Network.