Rebels Win 12-10 In Home Finale Over Toreros
May 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball (31-17, 13-11 Mountain West) won its last game of the season at Earl E. Wilson Stadium 12-10 over San Diego (28-21) on Monday afternoon.
Windy conditions in the early stages of the game led to a lot of scoring. The Toreros scored two runs in the top of the first inning to open the game. UNLV answered with three of its own in the bottom of the first that came off of back-to-back home runs from Brandon Bayardi and Patrick Armstrong. Bayardi hit a two run shot and Armstrong hit a solo home run on the next pitch to give UNLV the lead.
San Diego recaptured the lead with three runs in the top of the second, but UNLV put up three in the bottom half of the inning to take a 6-5 lead.
The Toreros added three more in the third and the Rebels only plated two in the bottom of the third to tie the game at eight.
After three complete innings, it was a battle of bullpens. UNLV's John Richy entered the game in the third and pitched the remainder, allowing only two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two. Richy earned his fifth win of the season after pitching 6.2 innings of relief.
San Diego used seven pitchers on the day, and only one pitched more than two innings.
The Rebels took the lead after scoring four runs between the fifth and sixth innings. They were able to hold off a late Torero rally, as San Diego scored once in the seventh and once in the ninth.
Leading UNLV was the senior Bayardi, who finished 4-for-6 with six RBI and two runs scored in his final game on Roger Barnson Field. Pat Armstrong finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored one run. Joey Swanner (2-for-4), Joey Armstrong (2-for-5) and Matt McCallister (2-for-5) each had multiple hits in the game.
USD has arguably the best hitter in the country on its roster, in Las Vegas product Kris Bryant. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. The Bonanza High School product leads the country with 25 home runs.
The Rebels will resume Mountain West play at rival Nevada, Reno. UNLV and UNR will play a three game series starting on Friday and playing through Sunday.