Rebels Drop Series Finale, 9-8
March 11, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Ahead 8-4 entering the seventh inning, the UNLV baseball team looked on its way to the first series sweep of the year before Washington State battled back to rally for a 9-8 come-from-behind win in the series finale here at Wilson Stadium.
Washington State (8-5) took advantage of several Rebel defensive miscues and a ninth-inning error that scored what proved to be the game-winning run.
Closer Zack Hartman (1-0) was charged with the loss, giving up one hit and an unearned run while striking out two in the ninth. Danny Higa continued his stellar play as of late, driving in three while scoring once to lead the Rebel offense.
Erick Fedde (1-1) got off to a shaky start in the opening frame, walking the first two batters. The Cougars would take advantage, scoring on a Taylor Ard single to center and a sacrifice fly from Derek Jones to take the early 2-0 lead.
After UNLV cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second on Marvin Campbell’s groundout to first that scored Brandon Bayardi, Washington State answered back the following inning, with back-to-back solo home runs from Ard and Jones, pushing the lead to 4-1.
The Rebels offense exploded for four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead. Higa drilled a bases-loaded double to right, knocking in three while UNLV took advantage of two fielding errors by the Cougars to extend the lead in the fifth.
The Cougars would battle back in the late innings however, this time finding themselves on the receiving end of timely hitting and two crucial Rebel errors.
A five-hit seventh scored three runs to cut the lead to 8-7 before a Trent Cook throwing error allowed the Cougars to tie the game in the top half of the eighth.
Pinch-running for Adam Nelubowich with two outs, Kyle Johnson stole second and scored the game-winner one batter later when a pop up to shallow right feel between Scott Dysinger and Trevor Kirk in shallow right field.
UNLV will be back in action on Tuesday, March 13, hosting Southern Utah. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. at Wilson Stadium.