April 14, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team kicked off its three-game series against BYU with a 7-2 win here tonight at Wilson Stadium behind a stellar effort form Friday night ace Tanner Peters.
Peters (6-2) entered the eighth inning with 110 pitches thrown, but used just five to get out of the inning and came on in the ninth, needing just eight more to sit the Cougars down in order. The Simi Valley, Calif. native picked up his fourth complete game of the season, scattering three hits and two runs while striking out 11 along the way.
Trent Cook was 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and a pair of runs scored to led the Rebel offense on the night.
BYU (17-13, 5-4 Mountain West) struck first, scoring two runs on three hits in the third inning. Wes Guenther led off with a single to left and advanced to second on Dillion Robinson’s sacrifice bunt. Dane Nielsen singled in Guenther to make it a 1-0 game and later scored on an RBI base-knock by Stephen Wells, pushing the lead to 2-0.
The Rebels (23-13, 3-6 Mountain West) offense came alive in the fifth, scoring four runs to grab their first lead of the game. Travis Feiner walked and Cash Thomas singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. A Taylor Cole wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Danny Higa reached on an error by short stop Andrew Law, allowing Feiner to score. Law’s second error of the inning knotted the game at 2-2 before Cook and Branon Bayardi each recorded RBI hits to push it to 4-2.
With a two-run cushion, Peters went to work, not allowing a hit over the final six innings of play.
UNLV tacked on three more in the seventh thanks to the third BYU error of the game and RBI hits from Cook and Ryan Scott.
The Rebels and Cougars will resume action tomorrow with the second game of the series scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start time at Wilson Stadium.