Rebels Drop Series Opener, 10-7
March 23, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team dropped its series-opening game to Air Force by a 10-7 count at Falcon Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. earlier today.
The Rebels (10-12, 0-4 Mountain West) outhit the Falcons (5-14, 1-0 Mountain West) 14-12 and took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the second, but two four-run innings by Air Force sealed the series opener.
Brandon Bayardi gave UNLV a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run bomb to left off starter Cameron White, The home run marked Bayardi’s third of the season and capped a five-hit inning for the Rebels.
T.J. White led the Rebel second off with a triple to left center and scored on Trevor Kirk’s single to left to make it a 3-0 game. But the Rebel bats would go cold, producing just two hits over the ensuing four innings.
Air Force cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half of the second on a David Thomas sacrifice fly to left that scored Alex Bast.
The Falcons then took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of a UNLV error to the tune of four runs on just two hits.
UNLV made it a 5-4 game in the top of the seventh with Bayardi doubling to left field, allowing Mark Shannon to score, but that’s as close as the Rebels would get.
Air Force platted one in the seventh and added a four spot in the eighth to take a commanding 10-4 lead heading into the ninth.
A late Rebel rally in the top of the ninth produced three runs, but Alex Baker was able to put an end to it with a 5-4-3 double play before getting Danny Higa to ground out to third.
The two teams will be back in action tomorrow for game two of a three-game weekend.