Rebels Drop Series Finale 5-4 To Wolf Pack
April 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball (23-12, 8-7 Mountain West) dropped the series finale 5-4 to Nevada, Reno (19-16, 7-8 MW) on Sunday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
UNLV took a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Wolf Pack rallied to tie the game at three, scoring two in the fifth and one in the sixth.
UNR's Kewby Meyer opened the top of the ninth inning with a triple, but UNLV recorded two consecutive outs to hold him there. Meyer was driven in when Scott Kaplan hit a shot directly off the relief pitcher Andrew Beresford. Beresford tried to make a play at first but Kaplan advanced to third on an errant throw and was driven in when Jamison Rowe singled to left field, giving the Wolf Pack a 5-3 lead.
The Rebels tried to rally in the bottom half of the inning after pinch hitter Justin Jones doubled to right field. Jones moved to third after Eric VanMeetren grounded out to second, and then scored when UNR committed an error, allowing Joey Swanner to reach. UNLV's rally ended when the next batter, T.J. White, grounded into a fielder's choice to the second baseman.
Kenny Oakley (3-2) started the game for the Rebels and retired the first 12 batters of the game before giving up a walk and a home run in the fifth inning. Oakley allowed three runs on two hits in 5.1 innings and struck out a career high eight against the Wolf Pack. Beresford (5-1) took his first loss of the season after he pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits.
From the plate, the Rebels were led Joey Swanner who finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. As a team UNLV finished with eight hits, but Swanner was the only player to record multiple hits in the game.
The Rebels will travel to face UC Riverside on Tuesday and will return to Las Vegas to host San Diego State for a three-game series starting on Friday. Fans can follow along off of links at UNLVRebels.com. Tickets for the SDSU series are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors while UNLV students and all kids 12 and younger are always free of charge. Log on to www.unlvtickets.com to purchase or for more information.