May 15, 2014
By Paul Delos Santos
Special to UNLVRebels.com
Las Vegas, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball (31-21/18-10 MW) got a strong pitching performance from junior starter John Richy in an 8-1 victory over Nevada, Reno (28-23/15-13 MW) on Thursday nightn at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Richy (10-3) notched his 10th quality start of the season with seven strikeouts. He scattered seven hits over 7.0 innings to earn his conference-best 10th win of the season. Joey Lauria made his team-high 17th appearance out of the bullpen and pitched 2.0 innings of relief where he struck out three and allowed one hit.
With the win, UNLV clinches the No. 2 seed in the Mountain West tournament while improving to 19-3 at home.
The Rebels opened the scoring in the first inning when Joey Armstrong blasted his fourth home run of the season over the left field wall to go up 1-0.
UNR leveled the game when Brad Gerig scored on a Kyle Hunt single up the middle.
UNLV jumped ahead in the fourth inning. With two outs, Eric VanMeetren singled to left center, and moved to second on a Joey Swanner single to right center. Then with A.J. Hernandez batting, VanMeetren scored on a wild pitch and Swanner advanced to third. Hernandez brought home Swanner with a single to right center to put UNLV up 3-1.
The Rebels added three more runs in the home half of the sixth and two more in the eighth.
Hernandez went 3-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored, while VanMeetren went 1-for-2 with three runs scored to lead UNLV from the plate.
The Rebels and Wolf Pack will play the second game of their three-game set Friday at 6:05 p.m. PT. Bryan Bonnell (5-5, 2.63 ERA) is slated to be on the hill for UNLV, while Barry Timko (6-2, 3.62 ERA) is expected to pitch for UNR.
Fans in Las Vegas can watch online at UNLVRebels.com, thanks to the Mountain West Network. Visit UNLVtickets.com to purchase a ticket for just $5 and select the "Free Will Call" option. The deal expires three hours before the first pitch of every home game. Prices for individual games are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty/staff and seniors and $5 for groups of 15 or more (group tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance for the game). Children 12 and under and UNLV students with a valid student I.D. are free.