Peters Blanks Utes
April 9, 2010
LAS VEGAS - UNLV sophomore right-hander Tanner Peters tossed the second complete-game shutout of his career, dominating Utah and leading the Rebels to a 6-0 victory Friday night in the opener of a three-game Mountain West Conference series at Spring Mobile Stadium.
Peters was brilliant on the mound, allowing just five hits and striking out 10 Ute batters against just one walk, and just three times in the game did a Utah runner reach second base. Peters got stronger as the game wore on, as he retired the last 13 batters he faced. Peters, who threw his first complete-game shutout against Northern Colorado on April 17 last season, improved to 3-2 overall on the year.
UNLV is now 18-13 overall and 3-3 in league games, while Utah dropped to 16-11 overall and 5-2 in league play, and the loss also snapped its four-game winning streak. Jordan Whatcott (4-4) took the loss for the Utes, giving up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings of work.
Drew Beuerlein singled home the Rebels' first run of the game in the top of the third, and Kyle Kretchmer added another run in the top of the fourth with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. UNLV added two more runs in the top of the sixth, with Travis Feiner drawing a bases-loaded walk and then Kretchmer hitting a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Rebels scored another run in the top of the seventh on an error and then Robbie De La Cruz capped the scoring by hitting his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the wall in right field.
Utah's only serious threat against Peters came in the bottom of the fifth, when Zach Jones and Nick Kuroczko hit back-to-back singles with two outs that put runners on the corners. Peters got out of the jam by striking out C.J. Cron, the start of 13 straight batters retired by Peters to end the game.
The shutout was the first on the road for the Rebels since they blanked in-state rival Nevada, Reno, 9-0, on Feb. 21, 2004.
UNLV and Utah continue their series Saturday, with the two teams meeting against at Spring Mobile Stadium and the first pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. Fans can follow along with a live audio feed or on Gametracker by going to www.UNLVRebels.com.