April 19, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team broke its Tuesday funk, winning for the first time on a Tuesday this season with a 7-3 victory over Baylor here tonight at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas.
Trent Cook was 5-for-5 from the plate on the night with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Rebel offense.
UNLV jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after scoring once in both the first and third innings. Back-to-back singles by Scott Dysinger and Cook followed by a wild pitch from Baylor starter Jon Ringenberg moved the runners to second and third with no outs in the opening frame. Casey Sato’s RBI single to the hole in short scored Dysinger to make it 1-0.
The Rebels extended their lead to 2-0 in the third when Cook scored on a Richie Jimenez sacrifice fly to right field. Cook had singled following an 11-pitch at bat and advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Brandon Bayardi.
Through four innings, Ginther allowed just three hits, striking out two in the process. The Bears only scoring threat had come in the fourth when Dan Evatt doubled down the left field line, but a spectacular diving catch by Cash Thomas in right field one batter later ended the inning and scoring threat.
Cook’s third hit of the day, a double down the left-field line cleared the bases and extended UNLV’s lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth. Jimenez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play one batter later, allowing Cook to score to push the lead to 5-0 at the end of the Rebel fifth.
The Baylor offense broke through in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases on a single, walk and hit batter, forcing head coach Tim Chambers to turn to the pen, bringing in left Jesse Garcia. Max Muncy’s single to right field one batter later drove in two, cutting the lead to 5-2. Remington Pullin blocked a wild pitch and fired to second to gun down Muncy for the second out of the inning before Garcia struck out Josh Ludy to end the inning one pitch later.
Pullin doubled down the right-field line to lead off the sixth and advanced to third on Trevor Kirk’s flyout to center. Dysinger’s third hit of the day, a single to center field drove in Pullin to make it 6-2 in favor of the Rebels.
UNLV increased its lead in the eighth when Cook delivered an RBI single to right field that scored Pullin, making it 7-2. With the hit, Cook tied a single-season high for hits in a game with five. The junior first baseman has now hit safely in 14 straight games, with eight of those being multi-hit contests.
Baylor got a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth off a Dan Evatt solo homer to left center and an RBI single from Jake Miller before Zack Hartman came in and got Logan Vick to fly out to left to end the game. Hartman picked up his sixth save of the year for the one-out effort.
The Rebels will continue action here in Texas, traveling to Fort Worth for a three-game series with TCU. Action at Lupton Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday night.