May 8, 2011
PULLMAN, Washington (UNLVRebels.com) – Eight different Rebels had at least one hit to lead the UNLV baseball team to a 6-3 win over Washington State University here today at Bailey-Brayton Field, securing the series win from the Pac-10 foe.
UNLV (30-19, 7-10 Mountain West) reached the 30-win plateau for the first time since the 2005 season when they posted a 35-29 mark and won the third straight Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship.
Travis Feiner led the way for the Rebel offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored. Feiner’s solo home run in the sixth inning marked his second in as many days and broke a 3-3 tie that UNLV would not relinquish.
Max Javate improved to 5-1 on the season in just his third start, scattering five hits and three runs over six innings of work. Jesse Garcia and Zack Hartman combined to allow just three hits over the final three innings of the game. Hartman picked up his eighth save of the year, working 2.0 innings and striking out one.
The Rebels took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Scott Berke scored on a Feiner sacrifice fly to center. UNLV pushed it to 2-0 an inning later when Trent Cook slapped an RBI single to center field, scoring Trevor Kirk. Cook had entered the series with the nation’s fifth longest hitting streak, but was just 0-for-7 until his third inning single.
Washington State (20-22) knotted the game up at 2-2 in the bottom half of the third by way of a pair of RBI doubles from Nate Blackham and Derek Jones.
UNLV regained the lead in the top half of the fourth on a Kirk RBI groundout to second that scored Feiner, but the Cougars would answer back in the home half of the inning when Patrick Claussen scored on Collin Slaybaugh’s RBI single to center.
Feiner’s solo homer in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie and the Rebels went on to add runs in the seventh and ninth on RBI base-hits from Brandon Bayardi and Berke.
WSU rallied late in the ninth, putting runners on first and second and the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Hartman was able to get Trace Tam Sing to ground out to short to end the game.
UNLV will be back in action next week, traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a three-game series with Mountain West rival Air Force. The weekend series will get underway Friday