April 1, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team broke out of a slump in a big way here today in the series finale at Lupton Stadium, pounding out 20 hits in an 11-0 win.
Erick Fedde (2-2) evened his record on the year, giving up just three hits in seven innings of work and tying a career-high with seven strikeouts.
UNLV (13-15, 2-7 Mountain West) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play, getting timely hitting in each inning. Casey Sato’s two-out, two-RBI single to right field in the top of the first scored Trevor Kirk and Mark Shannon.
Joey Swanner doubled to left in the second, scoring Danny Higa to make it a 3-0 game. Two batters later, the Rebels took advantage of a fielding error by third baseman Jantzen Witte, allowing Brandon Bayardi to reach and Swanner to score from third.
Kirk singled in the fifth, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a Trent Cook base hit through the left side, pushing the lead to 5-0.
UNLV then put the game out of reach in the seventh scoring five runs on six hits, again taking advantage of two Horned Frog errors. T.J. White’s bases-loaded single down the left-field line scored a pair before Swanner made his way home on Witte’s second error of the game.
Brady Zuniga came on in relief in the bottom of the eighth and Buddy Borden worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to secure the win for UNLV.
UNLV will be back in action Tuesday, traveling to Cedar City, Utah for an afternoon game with Southern Utah University. First pitch against the T-Birds is slated for 2 p.m. PT.