Rebels Fall 4-3 On Opening Day
Feb. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team fell 4-3 today to Loyola Marymount in the 2012 season opener, falling to 7-3 all-time in opening day games on the road.
Loyola Marymount (1-0) led off with back-to-back hits from Matt Lowenstein and Joey Boney. The Lions then took an early 2-0 lead on consecutive RBI groundouts from Alex Guthrie and Nick Devian.
LMU starter Colin Welmon held the Rebels (0-1) in check through the first five innings, facing just two over the minimum and striking out three in the process.
The UNLV bats awoke in the sixth however, starting with a Danny Higa single to center. Trevor Kirk’s single to left put runners on first and second before Scott Dysinger drove a ball down the left-field line, scoring Higa to make it 2-1. Following Trent Cook’s sacrifice fly that knotted the game at 2-2, Brandon Bayardi drilled a double to left center, scoring Dysinger and giving UNLV its first lead of the day at 3-2.
The lead would not last long though, as LMU answered back in the bottom half of the sixth with Boney leading off with a single to left center and scoring two batters later on a Scott Harkin groundout to short.
LMU would regain the lead an inning later when Nick Truhan scored the go-ahead run from second on a Boney double to center field. Aaron Griffin entered in relief for the Lions and kept the Rebels at bay, giving up just one hit over the final three innings.
UNLV and Loyola will be back in action tomorrow for game two of their three-game weekend series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. from George C. Page Stadium.