Rebels Dominate Runners, 15-6
Feb. 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team wrapped up its midweek set against CSU Bakersfield with a 15-6 win, sweeping the Runners to move over .500 for the first time this season.
The Rebels (5-4) pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon and scored at least one run in all but two innings. Led by Mark Shannon, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, UNLV kicked off a 13-game home stand with a series sweep of CSUB (4-5).
Down 5-1 after three complete, the Roadrunners put up three in the top of the fourth to come within one. UNLV answered with one in the bottom of the fourth before exploding for a seven-run fifth inning, putting the game out of reach at 13-4.
In addition to Shannon’s first home run of the year, Trevor Kirk found the gap in left center that drove in two runs to highlight the inning for the Rebels.
In all, nine different Rebels had at least one hit and eight different players recorded at least one RBI in UNLV’s highest scoring game of the season. The 13 hits marked the second-highest output, behind a 19-hit effort against Utah back on Feb. 25.
Nick Libonati (1-0) earned the win tonight after throwing 2.2 innings hitless innings, striking out one along the way. John Richy started the game for UNLV, logging 3.1 innings of work, giving up four runs on four hits and walking a pair. Andy Beresford made his return to the mound after nearly two injury-plagued seasons, yielding just one hit in the final inning.
The Rebels will continue action at home, opening a weekend series with in-state rival Nevada, Reno on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.