Rebels Rally To Beat Tennessee In Extra Innings
Feb. 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (3-1) came back to beat the Tennessee Volunteers (1-3) 3-2 in 14 innings on Sunday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels won three of four games against the Volunteers during this weekend's series.
The Rebels' sophomore Joey Swanner went 2-for-7 on the day, but his biggest hit of the series came in the 14th inning when he singled to center, driving in freshman Matt McCallister from second. Swanner is on a 18-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
The final game of UNLV's 4-game homestand was a pitching duel throughout. Both starters were very effective, as Tennessee's Aaron Quillen went 5.0 innings, giving up one run on five hits. His only run allowed came in the fifth inning when senior Brandon Bayardi singled up the middle, driving in freshman Justin Jones from second.
The Volunteers came back in the seventh and looked to tie the game when Taylor Smart tried to score from first on a triple by Christin Stewart, but Smart was thrown out at home by sophomore shortstop T.J. White. Stewart scored when Pierce Bily hit a double into right field on the next at bat.
Tennessee was able to break up the tie in the eighth, when Will Maddox scored on a wild pitch.
The Rebels tied up the game in the bottom of the ninth when McCallister hit a double that scored senior Mark Shannon from first. McCallister was stranded at third when Tennessee's Trevor Charpie came in for relief and struck out Jones and Swanner to end the inning.
The Rebels turned to their bullpen as seniors Tyler Iodence and Andy Beresford combined to throw five innings of relief, allowing four hits, no runs and no walks. Iodence struck out two and Beresford, who earned his second win of the season, struck out five.
UNLV senior Mark Shannon was called on to start the game for the Rebels, after playing the first three games in center field. Shannon pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out eight and walking three.
He moved to center field when freshman Bryan Bonnell came in for relief. Senior Brady Zuniga also made a relief appearance, facing only two batters in the ninth, striking out one.
The Rebels will be back in action on Thursday, when they will play Pacific in Stockton, Calif. at 6 p.m. UNLV will a double header on Friday against Gonzaga at 1 p.m. and Pacific at 6 p.m. The Rebels will round out the weekend on Saturday against Gonzaga at noon.