April 8, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UNLVRebels.com) – No. 20 UNLV baseball (23-9/11-4 Mountain West) beat Arkansas (20-13) 10-7 on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
The Rebels, who are also ranked No. 17 by Perfect Game, used a four-run sixth inning to out muscle the Razorbacks, who are ranked No. 24 by Perfect Game.
UNLV opened the scoring in the second inning by scoring two runs when Erik VanMeetren scored on a Dylan Ellis sacrifice fly and Morgan Stotts scored on a Joey Armstrong double.
Arkansas came back in the home half of the second and took the lead by plating three runs.
The Rebels tied the game in the top of the third when T.J. White scored on a Stotts sacrifice fly, but the Razorbacks retook the lead in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth inning, UNLV scored two runs when White doubled to right-center field to drive in Ellis from third and Joey Armstrong sped around the bases to score from first.
The Rebels extended their lead in the fifth when Edgar Montes hit a two-out home run down the left field line, giving UNLV a 6-4 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Rebels batted around the lineup and plated four runs in the frame. Matt McCallister led off the inning with a single to the pitcher and came around to score on a White single three batters later. Justin Jones scored after pinch hitter A.J. Hernandez was walked with the bases loaded and White scored when Montes reached on a catcher’s interference call. Patrick Armstrong scored UNLV’s final run of the night when Ellis was walked with the bases loaded.
There was a scary scene in the seventh inning for the Rebels when starter Kenny Oakley took a line drive off of his upper thigh. Oakley immediately dropped to the ground, but after the coaches and trainer visited him, he got up and continued to pitch in the inning. He was later pulled and Matt Thomas came in for relief.
Arkansas scored two runs on two hits in the seventh, but the Razorback rally was cut short when the Rebels escaped a bases loaded jam.
Arkansas would plate one more run in the ninth, thanks to a Brian Anderson solo home run, but UNLV held on to win.
Oakley (3-2) earned the victory after allowing six runs, five of which were earned, on six hits and struck out five while walking four. Thomas allowed one run on one hit and walked one in 2.2 innings of work.
White led the Rebels from the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Joey Armstrong (2-for-5) and Justin Jones (2-for-4) also finished the game with multiple hits.
UNLV and Arkansas will wrap up its midweek series on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. CT/4:05 p.m. PT. Cody Roper (1-0) will get the start for the Rebels and Alex Phillips (2-0) is projected to go for the Razorbacks. Fans can watch the action live off of links at ArkansasRazorbacks.com (PPV).