April 21, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team dropped game one of its three-game series with No. 7 TCU, 4-1, here tonight at Lupton Stadium.
A three-run eighth inning by the Horned Frogs broke a 1-1 tie in a game that featured two of the best pitchers in the conference. Tanner Peters (6-3) suffered his third loss of the season after yielding three runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings on the hill.
UNLV loaded the bases in the first after Trevor Kirk was hit by a pitch, Scott Dysinger walked and Trent Cook extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single to left field. After Brandon Bayardi flew out to center for the first out, Ryan Scott’s sacrifice fly to left scored Kirk, giving UNLV the early 1-0 lead.
TCU starting pitcher Kyle Winkler worked his way out of the first, getting Rance Roundy to ground out to end the inning and scoring threat.
Peters retired the first five batters of the game before issuing a walk to Zac Jordan in the second to give TCU their first base runner of the night. A Jerome Pena line out to second one batter later ended the inning however.
Peters got the first two outs of the TCU third before Rivera doubled off the wall in left field and scored one batter later on Jantzen Witte’s single up the middle, knotting the game at 1-1. After settling down to get out of the third, Peters retired seven consecutive batters before Taylor Featherston singled through the left side in the sixth. Featherston stole second before Peters got Jason Coats and Josh Elander to strike out swinging to end the inning.
Following a scoreless seventh, Peters ran into trouble in the bottom half of the eighth, giving up a leadoff single to Rivera. Witte’s sacrifice bunt put Rivera in scoring position before Featherston doubled off the wall in left, giving TCU its first lead of the game at 2-1. With one out and a runner on second, the Rebels turned to the pen, bringing in freshman Zack Hartman.
Hartman gave up an RBI single to Coats, making it a 3-1 game before freezing Elander on a called third strike for the second out. Following a Kyle Von Tungeln RBI double that pushed the lead TCU lead to 4-1, Hartman got Pena to ground out to second to end the inning.
Winkler came on in the ninth and worked a three-up, three-down inning for his second complete game of the season, avenging his only loss this year in the process.
The Rebels and Frogs will continue action with game two tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT from Lupton Stadium.