April 27, 2014
By Paul Delos Santos
Special to UNLVRebels.com
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV baseball (28-15/16-8 MW) racked up a season-high 21 hits and the Rebels completed a three-game sweep of No. 24 New Mexico (31-14-1/14-7 MW) with a 14-2 victory at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
As a team, UNLV hit .426 during the three-game set and outhit New Mexico 55-23 and the Rebels outscored the Lobos 39-10 in the three games. It also marked the first time since 2011 that the Lobos have been swept in a conference series, when the Rebels also swept them in Las Vegas.
UNLV got things rolling in the third inning when Patrick Armstrong doubled in a pair of runs to go up 2-0. The Rebels tacked on three more in the fourth inning. Morgan Stotts came home on an error, and two more runs crossed the plate after RBI base hits by Joey Swanner and Justin Jones. UNLV extended its lead to 6-0 after Stotts singled home Joey Armstrong in the fifth inning.
UNLV blew the game wide open in the sixth inning with an eight-run barrage. Jones started the scoring with a n RBI single to right field. T.J. White then drove in Jones on a double down the left field line. White later came home on a Joey Armstrong single to center field. After Erik VanMeetren reached on a single, Stotts cleared the bases with a grand slam shot to right field. The home run was Stotts’ second of the season. Edgar Montes capped off the scoring with an RBI double to left center.
Nine UNLV players tallied at least one hit and Stotts led the charge finishing with 3-for-4 with five RBI, while Pat Armstrong went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
UNLV starter Bryan Bonnell (5-3) shook off a pair of first-inning walks, and allowed just one run in 7.2 innings of work. He scattered four hits and struck out two to earn his fifth win of the season, while dropping his season ERA to 2.15.
The Rebels will next play Tuesday against UC Riverside, starting a seven-game road trip. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
UNLV returns to Earl E. Wilson on Tuesday, May 13 for a meeting with Arizona State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. PT.
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