Huskers Rally Late for 8-7 Win
Feb. 26, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – A ninth-inning rally with two outs propelled Nebraska to a 8-7 win today over UNLV in the final game for both teams at the 2012 Kleberg Bank College Classic.
UNLV finished 1-2 in the tournament and now stands at 3-4 on the year while Nebraska went a perfect 4-0 this weekend to improve to 4-3 this season.
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead for the second straight day, going ahead 1-0 when Scott Dysinger scored from third on Trent Cook’s double-play groundout.
Nebraska then answered with a three-run second. Consecutive hits from Richard Stock and Chad Christensen was followed by a two-run double to left center by Cory Burleson. Two batters later Blake Headley gave the Huskers a 3-1 lead with a RBI groundout to the pitcher.
UNLV batted around the order in the third, exploding for six runs on six hits to regain the lead at 7-3. RBI hits from Brandon Bayardi and Danny Higa tied the game at 3-3. T.J. White scored on a Scott Tomassetti single to left to give the Rebels a 4-3 lead before freshman Joey Swanner drove in his first RBI as a Rebel with a base hit through the left side, bringing the score to 5-3. Dysinger then roped a two-run double down the right-field line, pushing the lead to 7-3.
Nebraska climbed back into the game with another three-run inning, this time forcing UNLV to turn to the pen with two outs in the sixth. After giving up a leadoff single, Fedde got the next two outs before running into trouble, giving up another single and a walk to load the bases. Mark Shannon came on in relief and walked in Kale Kiser before giving up a two-run single through the right side to Rich Sanguinetti, allowing the Huskers to get to within one at 7-6.
Shannon settled down and retired the next six batters before Nebraska fought its way back in the ninth to take a 8-7 lead. After a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt, Shannon hit Michael Pritchard and gave up a two-run double to right center by Christense, giving the Huskers the lead heading into the bottom half of the ninth.
UNLV had a chance in the ninth with Cook singling to left, but fly outs to right from Bayardi and White ended the game.
The Rebels will be in action again Tuesday, kicking off a13-game home stand against Cal State Bakersfield at 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.