April 20, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team picked up its first Mountain West win at home in seven games, scoring a 4-1 win over the Air Force Academy here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
Trent Cook and Trevor Kirk each had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Rebel offense on the night.
UNLV (18-21, 3-10 Mountain West) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three complete, scoring twice in both the second and third innings.
Cook singled and Kirk followed with a double to the gap in left center to give UNLV runners on second and third in the bottom of the second. Consecutive RBI groundouts from T.J. White and Danny Higa put the Rebels on top 2-0 after two.
Three straight base hits in the Rebel third by Brandon Bayardi, Cook and Kirk brought in another pair of runs and extended the lead to 4-0.
The 4-0 spot for Rebel starter Erick Fedde was all the freshman righty needed as he worked quick and effectively through the first seven innings, scattering five hits and surrendering just one run while striking out a career-high nine batters and issuing just one walk.
Air Force (9-26, 3-10 Mountain West) got on the board in the top of the sixth after Jake Shomaker led the inning off with a single up the middle and scored on Matt Thorne’s base hit to center field.
Fedde started the seventh off by walking Shoemaker and giving up a base knock to Seth Kline before UNLV turned to the pen. Zack Hartman entered with runners on first and second and no outs, but quickly retired the first two batters before striking out Thorne swinging.
Hartman came back in the ninth and retired the side in order for his fifth save of the year, pushing the Rebels into a tie with Air Force in the Mountain West standings.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow for the second game of the scheduled three-game series. First pitch is slated for 2:05 p.m. from Wilson Stadium.