Baseball Rallies To Beat Volunteers
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team (1-0) started off on the 2013 season in good fashion with a 10-9 comeback victory over the Tennessee Volunteers (0-1).
Earning the win for the Rebels was senior reliever Andrew Beresford. He came in for the Rebels in the eighth inning and allowed only one hit. Junior closer Zack Hartman sealed the win in the ninth for UNLV to earn the save.
Tennessee’s Dalton Saberhagen took the loss after only recording one out and allowing two earned runs in the eighth.
Early on it was a pitching duel between starters Erick Fedde of UNLV and Zack Godley of Tennessee. Both pitched three shutout innings before Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.
UNLV responded in the bottom half of the inning, when senior Ryan Scott knocked in fellow senior Mark Shannon from second. Freshman Joey Armstrong hit a rocket up the middle was tipped off of Godley’s glove, scoring senior Brandon Bayardi. Two batters later, sophomore Joey Swanner singled through the shortstop to give the Rebels a 3-2 lead.
After another shutout inning in the fifth, Tennessee bounced back and took a 6-3 lead, scoring four runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The Rebels responded on some big hitting in the home half of the sixth that included a RBI triple by Armstrong, a balk that scored a run and two RBI doubles by T.J. White and Mark Shannon. The Rebels regained a 7-6 lead after the inning.
UNLV’s lead would not last long, as Tennessee responded with two more runs in the top of the seventh.
UNLV showed its resilience in the bottom of the eighth when the Rebels scored three runs off of three hits. Bayardi and Scott each drove in one run and Armstrong reached on a fielder’s choice after beating out a possible double play. Bayardi scored on the play, giving the Rebels a two-run cushion.
In the ninth, it looked to be all wrapped up when Hartman struck out the first two batters. He then hit Tennessee’s David Houser and walked Derek Lance on four straight pitches, which then brought up the top of the lineup. Will Maddox singled to left, driving in Houser and putting the tying run on third. A.J. Simcox then hit a hard line drive straight to freshman Justin Jones at first base, which ended the game.
Scott paced the Rebels, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Armstrong chipped in going 2-of-4 night and driving in three runs. Shannon finished 3-of-5 with two runs scored one RBI, Bayardi finished 2-of-5 with two runs scored and one RBI, T.J. White finished 2-of-4 with two runs scored and one RBI and Swanner finished 2-of-5 with one RBI, extending his hitting streak to 15 dating back to last season.
The Rebels and the Volunteers will face each other twice tomorrow in a doubleheader that starts at 1:05 p.m. The first game of the day will be scheduled for seven innings, while the second game will be the full nine innings. UNLV and Tennessee will wrap up its four game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.