April 14, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team split its doubleheader with visiting Nebraska-Omaha today at Wilson Stadium, taking game one by a 11-2 score before falling 8-6 in the second.
Erick Fedde tossed a gem in the first game, giving up just three hits over 7.0 innings of work, tying a career-best in strikeouts with seven while walking just one.
Mark Shannon and Brandon Bayardi each had three hits and four RBI in the 11-2 win. Trevor Kirk and Tyler Blair each had two hits and scored two runs on the day for UNLV.
Bayardi’s RBI single in the first gave UNLV a 1-0 lead while Shannon’s RBI double in the third pushed it to 2-0 in favor of the home team. Shannon and Bayardi each drove in two runs in a five-run fourth for the Rebels, helping extend the lead to 7-0.
A three-run fifth made it 10-0 before UNO got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth. The Rebels made it 11-2 on a T.J. White RBI double before Nicolas Libonati came in and threw a clean ninth to close out a second straight win for UNLV.
The Mavericks knocked around starter Joe Robinson to the tune of five runs on six hits in the first inning, forcing UNLV to turn to the pen with just two outs. Jessie Garcia closed out the first and gave up a pair of runs in the second. Garcia struck out a career-high six batters in 5.0 innings of work.
UNLV climbed back into the game with a four-run third powered behind a two-run homer from Bayardi.
Colby McCord sent the first offering he saw from Andy Beresford over the wall in right field, extending the Mavs lead to 8-5 in the top of the sixth.
UNLV got one in the bottom of the sixth on a White RBI single and came within two at 8-6 when Danny Higa hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot over the wall in left. But that’s as close as the Rebels would come as Cole Volkers held on, striking out the final two batters to preserve the win for UNO.
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. from Wilson Stadium.