Rebels Clinch Series With 9-8 Win Over Bulldogs
April 6, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball (22-8, 7-4 Mountain West) rallied for the second consecutive day and beat Fresno State (7-20, 2-7 MW) 9-8 on Saturday night. The Rebels posted six runs in the final two innings to secure the win.
Patrick Armstrong and younger brother Joey Armstrong led the Rebels offensively. The two finished a combined 6-for-10 (3-for-5 each) with two RBI and three runs scored. Pat drove in the first run of the game while Joey drove in his older brother in the eighth inning.
Through the first three innings, it was a pitching duel as only two Bulldog hits were recorded while UNLV went hitless the first time through the lineup.
After that, it was a see-saw battle as UNLV opened the scoring with two runs in the fourth inning and extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth. The Bulldogs got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and took a 5-3 lead after scoring three in the bottom of the seventh.
The Rebels recaptured the lead thanks to three runs in the top of the eighth, but Fresno State tied the game at six, scoring one run in the bottom half of the inning. UNLV added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, but Fresno State attempted to rally in its final at bat.
The Bulldogs scored two in the ninth and had the tying run on first, but thanks to a Mark Shannon diving catch and a ground out to T.J. White at shortstop, which turned into a bang-bang play at first, the Rebels retired the final two outs and held onto the victory.
Brandon Bayardi was the only other UNLV player to have multiple hits in the game as he finished 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and three runs scored.
Buddy Borden got the start for the Rebels and pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits while striking out four. John Richy, who was making his first relief appearance of the year, and Brayden Torres were called on to finish the seventh inning.
After Fresno State recorded two hits in the eighth, Andrew Beresford (5-0) came in the eighth to finish the game and he earned his second win of the weekend.
In one run games, UNLV is now 10-2 on the year.
The Rebels will go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Kenny Oakley will get the nod for UNLV while Fresno State's starter is yet to be announced. Fans can follow the action live online via Gametracker on UNLVRebels.com.