April 22, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team suffered its second straight loss to the seventh-ranked TCU Horned Frogs after falling 9-3 here tonight at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
Joe Robinson (4-4) took the loss after giving up six runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings on the mound. After giving up a pair of runs in the second, Robinson retired six consecutive batters and allowed just two base runners until running in to trouble in the sixth.
Trent Cook led the way for the UNLV offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest by a Rebel player this season.
Back-to-back RBI doubles by Aaron Schultz and Brett Johnson gave TCU (28-11, 12-2 Mountain West) the early 2-0 lead after two complete innings.
UNLV (25-16, 4-9 Mountain West) cut the lead to one at 2-1 in the fourth after Brandon Bayardi’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Scott Dysinger who had led the inning off with a single through the left side.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Rebels platted a pair of runs to take their first lead of the game at 3-2. Travis Feiner struck out swinging but advanced to first on a wild pitch by Erik Miller. Hunter Beaty then singled through the left side, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Cook picked up his second hit of the night with a single through the right side that knotted the game at 2-2. Bayardi was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Ryan Scott’s RBI single to right field rounded out the scoring and made it 3-2.
The Horned Frogs answered in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring six runs on four hits to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Jason Coats singled in the first run of the inning before the Rebels turned to the pen and brought in Jesse Garcia. With the bases loaded, Garcia hit Joe Weik before giving up a two-run double to Zac Jordan. Brance Rivera’s suicide bunt added two more as Jordan and Weik both scored on the play.
TCU added one in the bottom of the seventh as Coats doubled to left center, advanced to third on a wild pitch and made his way home on a passed ball, extending the lead to 9-3.
The Rebels could not rally, mustering just two hits and three base runners over the final three innings of play.
The Rebels and Frogs conclude the weekend series tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT at Lupton Stadium.