April 25, 2014
By Paul Delos Santos
Special to UNLVRebels.com
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball's offense came to life early, as the Rebels (26-15/14-8 MW) defeated No. 24 New Mexico (31-12-1/14-5 MW) 11-2 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Friday night.
The Rebels snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory and improved to 16-2 at home.
UNLV wasted little time in getting its bats going, plating six runs in the first inning before New Mexico starter Jon Cuellar was able to register an out. Joey Swanner got things started with an infield single. Justin Jones then reached on an error and T.J. White followed that up with a single to center field, driving in Swanner. Patrick Armstrong came next with a bases clearing double to right field. Joey Armstrong followed his brother by belting the second home run of his career, pushing the lead to 5-0. Erik VanMeetren made it back-to-back jacks for the Rebels with a solo home run, which was his second of the season, and ended the Rebel scoring in the inning.
UNLV plated two more runs in the home half of the sixth. It started with a White double to right field. He advanced to third on a passed ball and eventually scored on a wild pitch. VanMeetren also scored in the inning, after hitting a double to left field. He later came home on wild pitch-error combination, increasing the Rebels' lead to 8-1.
UNLV padded on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Jones smacked his third home run of the season with a two-run shot to right field. Then with two outs and runners on first and third, VanMeetren singled home White, pushing the Rebels' lead to 11-1.
In all, UNLV tallied 18 hits, led by White (4-for-5) and VanMeetren (4-for-4) who each had four hits. Four players tallied two RBI (Jones, VanMeetren, Joey Armstrong and Pat Armstrong). White scored three runs, while Swanner, Jones and VanMeetren each had two runs apiece.
Erick Fedde (8-2) went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on nine hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two en route to his eighth win of the season, which leads the Mountain west. He also notched his 11th consecutive, 12th dating back to last season, quality start.
The two teams are scheduled to play again at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. John Richy (6-3, 2.96 ERA) is expected to be on the mound for the Rebels, while Colton Thomson (5-4, 3.77 ERA) is slated to go for the Lobos.
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