Rebels Suffer Walk-Off Defeat|
April 24, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second straight game late innings were unkind to UNLV baseball, as it had a three-run lead heading into the eighth only to see No. 8 TCU rally for a 9-8 victory Saturday at Lupton Stadium.
The Rebels carried an 8-5 lead heading into the eighth, but the Horned Frogs scored twice in that frame and then two more in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off two-run home run off the bat of Matt Curry. The loss dropped UNLV to 21-17 overall and 5-6 in the Mountain West, while TCU improved to 29-8 and 10-3 in conference games.
TCU used the long ball to its advantage, drilling six home runs in the game, including three off of Rebel starter Stephen Singer, who lasted just 2.2 innings before turning the game over to Brian Gilbertson. He also gave up a pair of long balls, but lasted five innings and allowed three runs before turning the game over to Glenn DeWeese to try and get the save. The left-hander gave up a single to Bryan Holaday before getting a fly out, bringing Curry to the plate, and he hit a home run to center field to end the game.
DeWeese (1-2) was charged with the loss while TCU reliever Tyler Lockwood (5-2) earned the win, not allowing a run or a hit in his 2.1 innings on the mound out of the bullpen.
Despite giving up four home runs earlier in the game, the Rebels were in great position to upset the Horned Frogs thanks to a four-run seventh inning that gave UNLV the lead heading to the stretch.
Cash Thomas, Richie Jimenez and Jarred Frierson all hit singles to score the first run of the frame and then Brandon Bayardi delivered a three-run home run to right center, giving his team an 8-5 lead.
Gilbertson then sat down the Horned Frogs in order in the bottom of the seventh, but would run into trouble in the eighth, allowing a pair of runs via a home run, this one a two-run shot by Taylor Featherston that made it a one-run game.
Frierson got UNLV on the board in the top of the third with a two-run shot to left center, and the Rebels scored two more runs in the fourth inning, making it a 5-4 game. UNLV finished the game with 12 hits, with five players collecting two hits each, but the Rebels also committed four errors, although none led directly to an unearned run. TCU had 11 hits and did not commit an error.
UNLV and TCU wrap up their series on Sunday, with the first pitch set for 10:30 a.m. (PT), and the game time had been moved up by a half hour, and fans can watch the game live on the Mtn.
UNLV SCHEDULE NOTES: UNLV's upcoming home game against UC Riverside on Tuesday has been moved to 6:00 p.m. (PT) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.