April 15, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Scott Berke drove a grounder up the middle through the infield with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and Brandon Bayardi scored from second to give the Rebels their second straight win over BYU, 6-5, here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
Zack Hartman (4-0) worked three innings of relief and picked up his fourth win of the year, surrendering just two hits and one run while striking out seven and not walking a batter. Scott Dysinger, Ryan Scott and Cash Thomas each had three hits to pace the UNLV (24-13, 4-6 Mountain West) offense on the night.
BYU’s (17-15, 5-4 Mountain West) Ryan Bernal walked to lead off the second and scored one batter later on Jaycob Brugman’s triple to right center, giving the Cougars an early 1-0 lead. Austin Hall singled in Brugman to make it 2-0 before scoring on Wes Guenther’s single to center to cap it at 3-0.
The Rebels answered right back in the bottom half, scoring three to knot the game at 3-3. Scott led off with a double to right center and scored two batters later on Richie Jimenez’s sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-1. Thomas singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Chris Capper while Rance Roundy scored to cut the lead to one at 3-2. Trevor Kirk’s RBI groundout tied the game at 3-3 after two complete innings.
After a scoreless third, UNLV took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Scott Dysinger singled in Jimenez, making it a 4-3 contest.
The two teams traded runs in the seventh before Dane Nielsen’s RBI single in the top of the eighth scored Hall, tying the game at 5-5.
A three-up, three-down ninth for each team sent the game into extra innings, marking just the second time this season UNLV has played bonus baseball.
After striking out the side in the ninth, Hartman worked another quick inning, retiring the Cougars in order in the 10th.
Dysinger led the bottom of the 10th off with a single to put a runner on with no outs, but was caught stealing to erase the game-winning run. Trent Cook struck out swinging for the second out, bringing up Bayardi. Bayardi’s check-swing, slow grounder to third allowed him to reach safely before advancing to second on Scott’s third hit of the game, a single to right. Berke, who had pinch hit for Roundy in the sixth inning, drove a 2-0 Kolton Mahoney offer up the middle to clinch the game for UNLV.
The Rebels and Cougars will be back in action tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium to wrap up the series.