UNLV Drops Two On Friday
Feb. 22, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (4-3) dropped both games of a doubleheader in Stockton, Calif. on Friday. Gonzaga (3-2) beat UNLV 9-3 in the first game of the day and Pacific (2-3) out lasted the Rebels in the nightcap for a 3-0 victory.
The Rebels opened the day against Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the first inning. The ‘Zags tacked on another run in the fourth, giving them a 5-0 lead.
Gonzaga starting pitcher Marco Gonzales (1-0) held the Rebels in check for 7.0 innings, as UNLV did not record its first hit of the game until the fourth inning.
In the sixth inning, UNLV was able to get on the board when sophomore Eric VanMeetren singled to left field, driving home senior Mark Shannon.
The Bulldogs would add four more runs, two each in the seventh and eighth innings, giving the ‘Zags a 9-1 advantage heading into the ninth inning. UNLV would attempt to rally, as junior Patrick Armstrong, junior Matt McCallister and freshman Justin Jones and hit back-to-back-to-back doubles. Armstrong and McCallister would score and account for the only two runs for UNLV in the game.
Sophomore John Richy was credited with his second loss of the season. He pitched 6.2 innings, giving up seven runs, but only one earned run, on seven hits. Senior Tyler Iodence came in for relief in the sixth inning, and he pitched the remainder of the game, giving up three hits and two earned runs.
In the second game, pitching dominated the early innings, as neither the Rebels nor the Tigers gave
up a hit until the fourth inning, when Shannon recorded his only hit of the game.
Pacific broke out of the deadlock when the Tigers scored on a UNLV error in the fifth inning. The Tigers would add two more runs in the seventh, both unearned, giving them a 3-0 lead.
The Rebels had a chance in the eighth inning to cut into the deficit, when sophomore T.J. White was on third, but the Rebels could not able to drive him in.
UNLV starter Buddy Borden was credited with his first loss of the season. He pitched an 8.0 inning complete game, allowing three hits, three strikeouts and three unearned runs. He has now pitched 15.2 innings without allowing an earned run.
Pacific starter, Cory Popham pitched a 9.0 inning shutout with five strikeouts.
Leading the Rebels on the day was Bayardi who was a combined 4-for-8 (3-for-4 against Gonzaga and 1-for-4 against Pacific).
The Rebels will return to action tomorrow at noon, facing Gonzaga before heading back home to Las Vegas.