April 21, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team took a one-game lead over Air Force in the Mountain West standings following a come-from-behind 7-6 win today over the Falcons at Wilson Stadium.
Senior Remington Pullin drilled a bases-loaded double down the right-field line in the bottom of the eighth, clearing the bags and giving UNLV (19-21, 4-10 Mountain West) the late 7-6 lead. Zack Hartman worked around a leadoff single in the top of the ninth to earn his sixth save of the season and second in as many days.
Brady Zuniga (1-0) picked up the win after throwing 2.2 innings of relief, scattering three hits and allowing just one run while striking out five along the way.
Air Force (9-27, 3-10 Mountain West) scored twice in the first to nab its first lead of the series. Alex Bast’s RBI groundout scored Blair Roberts while Seth Kline’s single to center brought in Jake Schomaker.
The lead would be short lived as Brandon Bayardi knotted it up with his seventh longball of the year, sending the 2-2 Michael Ceci offering over the wall in left.
The Falcons broke the tie in the top of the third when Roberts tripled to lead the inning off and scored on Schomaker’s single to center one batter later to make it a 3-2 game.
AFA tacked on a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh to extend the lead to 6-3. Bast’s RBI groundout in the fifth made it 4-2 while Tyler Saleck’s squeeze in the sixth brought it to 5-2.
UNLV cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Bayardi was able to make his way home from third on T.J. White’s groundout to short, but the Falcons answered in the seventh when Matt Thorne singled in Bast push the lead to 6-3.
The two teams wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from Wilson Stadium.