May 1, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV pitching staff led the way for a third straight day, powering the Rebels to an 8-4 win and three-game sweep over the University of New Mexico here at Wilson Stadium.
Max Javate (4-1) threw 6.0 innings, giving up just two hits and two runs while striking out three in his second start of the year. Trent Cook, Ryan Scott and Rance Roundy each had two hits on the day to lead the UNLV offense.
UNLV (28-18, 7-10 Mountain West) took an early 1-0 after the first when Trevor Kirk scored on Cook’s RBI groundout to second.
The Rebels pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third when Travis Feiner drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a Richard Olson balk before scoring on Kirk’s groundout to short.
Following a scoreless fourth, UNLV extended the lead the 5-0 behind a three-run homer to left-center field by Roundy. The longball marked his first since April 10 and eighth overall this season.
After scoring one in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-0 before the New Mexico (13-32, 7-11 Mountain West) offense woke up for the first time this series, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 6-4.
Ben Woodchick was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before Jacob Nelson singled to give the Lobos runners on first and second, forcing first-year head coach Tim Chambers to turn to the pen, bringing in lefty Jesse Garcia. Logan Lippert singled to load the bases for UNM before Garcia walked in two straight runs to make it 6-2. Freshman righty Zack Hartman was brought in with one out and gave up a two-run singled to D.J. Peterson, making it a two-run game before getting Mitch Garver to ground into the 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.
UNLV got two in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single from Feiner and a RBI triple from designated hitter Hunter Beaty to put the lead back to four at 8-4.
Hartman came on in the ninth and retired the side in order for his team-leading seventh save of the season.
The Rebels will be off until they begin a six-game roadtrip, starting with a three-game series at Washington State on May 6.