April 30, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Behind a second straight complete-game effort from the UNLV pitching staff, the Rebels clinched their series with the University of New Mexico with a 4-1 win here tonight at Wilson Stadium.
Joe Robinson (5-4) hurled his second complete game of the season and gave up just one hit on the night, a single in the third inning. The complete game marked the seventh by a UNLV pitcher this season and the second straight as Tanner Peters hurled his fifth of the year in last night’s 8-0 win. Trevor Kirk led the way for the Rebel offense, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
UNLV (27-18, 6-10 Mountain West) controlled the game from the get go, taking an early 1-0 lead and never looking back. Kirk singled in the bottom of the first to lead off for the Rebels, moved to third on a Scott Dysinger single and scored one batter later on Trent Cook’s RBI groundout to second.
Cook had entered the game batting .399 this season for UNLV and in the midst of a 19-game hitting streak. The junior first baseman would eventually extend that hit streak to 20 games with a double to right field in his last at bat of the game. Dysinger’s lone hit of the night also pushed his hitting streak one game more, standing at 14 now.
The Rebels added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 3-0. After Richie Jimenez walked and Cash Thomas singled through the left side, Kirk’s third hit of the day, a triple that made its way past a diving Landon Joost in right field, drove them both in.
New Mexico (12-31, 7-10 Mountain West) cut the lead to two at 3-1 after Jacob Nelson scored on a Sam Wilson groundout, but that would be as close as the Lobos would come as Robinson retired the side in the eighth and ninth in order to preserve the win for UNLV.
The Rebels would add an insurance run in the eighth that put the lead back to three at 4-1. Cook doubled and moved to third on Travis Feiner’s fly out to center before scoring on Jimenez’s infield single.
The Rebels and Lobos will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.