Rebels Use Big Sixth Inning to Top Lobos
May 11, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team picked up a huge conference win Friday night, topping first-place New Mexico, 7-4. The Rebels used a three-run sixth inning to take a lead they would not relinquish and hand the Lobos their sixth conference loss of the season.
Rebel freshman Erick Fedde (5-4) earned the win after giving up four runs, three earned, in seven-and-a-third innings pitched. The right-hander struck out six and walked just two. The loss went to Lobos starter Austin House (5-5) after he allowed six runs, four earned, in seven innings pitched.
New Mexico (27-22, 13-6 Mountain West) got out of the box quick, plating two runs in the top of the first. Leadoff man Mitchell Garver singled to right field and advanced to second on an error by rightfielder Trevor Kirk. Ben Woodchick followed with a single of his own to bring Garver around and make the score 1-0, New Mexico. Woodchick would advance to second on a single by D.J. Peterson and later to third on Ryan Padilla's groundout to the pitcher. Josh Melendez followed with a sacrifice fly, plating Woodchick and making the score 2-0.
UNLV (23-27, 7-15 Mountain West) bounced right back, however, tying the game at two after one inning. Rebel leadoff man Joey Swanner reached on an error by Woodchick and advanced to second when Mark Shannon was hit by a pitch. Trevor Kirk followed with a single to load the bases before Trent Cook coaxed a walk, forcing home UNLV's first run of the night. Danny Higa's one-out RBI single up the middle brought home the Rebels second run, tying the game at two after one.
The Lobos came back with a single run in the fourth and one more in the sixth before UNLV put up the biggest half-inning of the night. Cook and Higa led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles before Scott Dsyinger sacrificed the runners to second and third, respectively. Erik VanMeetren followed with a single to right, plating both Cook and Higa and tying the game at four. VanMeetren later came around to score after Swanner tripled to right, giving the Rebels a 5-4 lead.
UNLV would add two more in the eighth and Zack Hartman shut things down in the Lobo ninth, giving the team a crucial 7-4 victory.
UNLV and New Mexico will play game two of the series at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Zak Qualls works for the Rebels and Josh Walker goes for the Lobos. The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.