Rebels Fall 4-2 In Series Opener

March 30, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team’s Mountain West woes continued with a 4-2 loss at TCU in the series-opening game here tonight at Lupton Stadium in Forth Worth, Texas.

The Rebels (12-14, 1-6 Mountain West) left seven runners on base and grounded into double plays in three straight innings en route to their third straight series-opening loss.

Brandon Bayardi continued his hot streak of recent, going 2-for-3 from the plate to lead the Rebel offense.

TCU (13-10, 5-2 Mountain West) took advantage of back-to-back walks issued by UNLV starter Joe Robinson and a catcher’s interference call on Erik Van Meetren in the bottom of the third, taking an early 1-0 lead when Kevin Cron scored from third on a Kyle Von Tungeln sacrifice fly.

The Horned Frogs tacked on three more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0. Jantzen Witte and Brett Johnson singled and Jerrick Suiter drew a walk to load the bases with just one out. RBI base hits from Cron and Keaton Jones platted two runs before Brance Rivera’s sacrifice fly scored Suiter.

The Rebels threatened in the seventh, loading the bases, but Justin Scharf was able to strike out Scott Dysinger before getting pinch-hitter Tyler Blair to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.

UNLV rallied late to score two in the ninth, scoring the first run on an RBI double by Cole Wilstead. The Rebels cut the lead in half at 4-2 when Danny Higa scored from third on a failed pick-off attempt, but closer Kaleb Merck was able to get Casey Sato to strike out looking and Joey Swanner swinging to end the game.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. PT from Lupton Stadium.