April 23, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team outhit the seventh-ranked TCU Horned Frogs, but could not rally late in the ninth, falling 2-1 here today in the series finale at Lupton Stadium.
Down to their final three outs, Travis Feiner led the ninth off with a single to left for the Rebels. After Cash Thomas sacrificed Feiner over to second, Scott Berke came in to pinch run. Richie Jimenez grounded out to short, allowing Berke to move to third, setting the stage for Kirk. After fouling off the first two pitches, Kirk was punched out on a called third strike, ending the rally and game.
The Rebels (25-17, 4-10 Mountain West) took a 1-0 lead in the first after leadoff hitter Trevor Kirk walked, stole second and scored off a Brandon Bayardi double to right center.
TCU (29-11, 13-2 Mountain West) knotted the game up in the fifth inning after starter Max Javate ran into trouble after getting the first out.
Javate hit three straight Horned Frog batters to load the bases before Jantzen Witte’s sacrifice fly to center scored Aaron Schultz. Javate threw 4.2 innings in his first start of the season, allowing just one run on one hit.
The Frogs took the lead in the sixth on their second sacrifice fly of the day. Jason Coats led the inning off with a walk and made his way to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Jesse Garcia. Jerome Pena’s fly ball to center was deep enough to allow Coats to score and give TCU its first lead of the game.
UNLV again turned to the pen in the sixth, bringing Zack Hartman. Hartman froze Josh Elander on a called third strike and ended the inning getting Zack Jordan swinging.
Hartman got the first two outs in the seventh giving up a double to Brance Rivera and walking Witte to put runners on first and second. The freshman righty would work his way out of the jam, getting Taylor Featherston to fly out to right to end the inning and threat.
After getting the first two outs of the eighth, Trent Appleby walked Bayardi and gave up a single to Ryan Scott, giving the Rebels runners at the corners with two outs. Stefan Crichton came on in relief and promptly got Casey Sato to fly out to right to end the inning and scoring threat.
Hartman kept the Rebels alive, working three solid innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out three.
The Rebels will be back in action Tuesday, April 26 as they travel to Cedar City, Utah to take on Southern Utah. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. PT at Thunderbird Park.