May 13, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV starting pitcher Tanner Peters threw his third straight complete game, leading the Rebels to a 3-1 win over Air Force in this afternoon’s series opener at Falcon Field.
The Rebels (31-19, 8-10 Mountain West) have won six out of their last seven games and four straight MWC games following today’s win. Ryan Scott, Trent Cook and Travis Feiner each had two hits on the day to lead the UNLV offense.
Peters (9-3) entered the game ranked second in the nation in complete games (7) and innings pitched (96.0). With the complete-game effort, he tied the Mountain West Conference record for complete games in a single season and career. He also stands tied for the most shutouts in a career, joining former San Diego State Aztec and 2009 No. 1 overall draft selection Stephen Strasburg.
UNLV took an early 2-0 lead after the top half of the first inning off Scott’s two-run double to right field. After Trevor Kirk and Scott Dysinger each struck out swinging to start the inning, Cook and Brandon Bayardi each singled to put runners on first and second. A fielding error by short stop Vai Schierholtz allowed Feiner to reach, loading the bases for Scott.
Peters allowed just one base runner to reach third through the first five innings of play, keeping the Falcons’ offense in off balance. Air Force (17-32, 2-16 Mountain West) did manage to cut the lead to one at 2-1 in the sixth off an RBI single up the middle by Nathan Carter.
The Rebels, who were outhit 9-8 on the day, pushed the lead back to two at 3-1 in the top of the eighth on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze. Feiner walked to start the inning and made his way to second on Scott’s second hit of the day, a single through the left side. Scott Berke’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third before Cash Thomas’s bunt rolled down the first base line, allowing Feiner to score from third.
Peters gave up just two hits after the Falcons had come within one run, working his way around a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth to earn his ninth win of the season.
The Rebels and Falcons will be back in action tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Falcon Field.