April 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team broke out of a three-game slump with a 10-7 win over visiting Nebraska-Omaha in its series opener here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
Zak Qualls (4-2) earned the win after giving up 10 hits and four runs with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work on the mound. Brady Zuniga threw 3.0 innings of relief, striking out five while Zack Hartman picked up his fourth save of the year, needing just 11 pitches to strike out the side in the top of the ninth to preserve the win for UNLV.
UNLV took a 2-1 lead after putting up two in the second, taking advantage of an error by UNO (10-23) third baseman Alex Mortensen to even the game at 1-1. Casey Sato was hit by a Andrew Reck pitch with the bases loaded, bringing in the second run of the inning and giving the Rebels their first lead of the night.
The Rebels (15-18, 2-10 Mountain West) pushed the lead to 3-1 on a Brandon Bayardi sacrifice fly to right, but the Mavericks answered with a three-run fourth to regain the lead at 4-3.
Trent Cook’s RBI double down the left-field line tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Bayardi’s second sacrifice fly of the night one batter later scored the go-ahead run, keeping Qualls in line for his fourth win of the year.
Danny Higa pushed the lead to 10-4 with a bases-loaded double down the right-field line, scoring three.
UNO rallied to plate three in the eighth, but Zuniga was able to work out of a jam before Hartman shut down the Maverick ninth in order.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. from Wilson Stadium.