Rebels Bitten By Lobos|
April 2, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball dropped the second game of its Mountain West Conference series with New Mexico, as the Rebels lost to the Lobos 7-3 in front of 517 fans at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Friday night.
With the loss the Rebels dropped to 16-11 overall and 2-3 in league games, with starter Stephen Singer (1-4) taking the loss, as he gave up six runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work. UNM moved to 18-10 overall and 5-3 in the MWC, and starter Richard Olson (3-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
Both starters were effective early on, as the game was scoreless after three innings of play with each team registering just two hits each before the first big inning of the game, which came with the Lobos at bat.
In the top of the fourth UNM plated five runs in the frame on four hits, with Max Willett and Justin Howard knocking in two runs each during the rally that gave New Mexico a lead it would not relinquish.
Two innings later the Rebels got on the board, pushing three runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to get within two at 5-3. The inning got started with blast off the bat of Drew Beuerlein, who led off the frame with a solo home run to left field, his fifth of the season. Brandon Bayardi followed with a double and he would come home on a single by Nolan Clark, and then he scored on a single by Richie Jimenez.
The Lobos added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to extend their lead to 7-3, and closer Gera Sanchez made the lead stand, as he retired the Rebels in order in the bottom of the ninth.
UNLV and New Mexico each had 11 hits each, while the Rebels committed the lone error of the game. Buerlein and Bayardi each finished the game with three hits and Jarred Frierson added two as well, while Chris Jaurez had three hits to pace New Mexico at the plate.
The Rebels and Lobos wrap up their series at Wilson Stadium on Saturday, with Matt Hutchison taking the mound for UNLV and the first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (PT).