Rebels Drop Series Opener In Albuquerque
April 27, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team dropped the first game of a three-game series with Mountain West foe New Mexico on Friday night, 11-4. The game was close until the Lobos (24-19, 10-3 MW) used an eight-run seventh inning to take control in front of an announced crowd of 1,609 at Isotopes Park.
UNLV starter Erick Fedde (4-4) took the loss after allowing five runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits in six innings pitched. The Rebels (20-22, 5-11 MW) will resume action with the Lobos with games on Saturday and Sunday, and are also set to host UNM in Las Vegas, May 11, 12 and 13.
New Mexico got the scoring going early, plating a pair of runs in the second. Ryan Padilla led off the inning with a single before Josh Melendez was hit by a pitch. Lobos first baseman Trey Porras followed with an RBI single to left that was bobbled by leftfielder Brandon Bayardi, allowing a second run to score.
The Rebels chipped into the deficit with a run in the fifth after Erik VanMeetren's one-out double plated Danny Higa from second. UNLV appeared to have a chance at tying the game after Scott Dysinger followed VanMeetren's double with a single to right. VanMeetren was held at third base, however, leaving runners at the corners with just one out. Centerfielder Mark Shannon followed with a strikeout before Bayardi bounced to third, ending the threat.
The Lobos answered back in the bottom of the fifth. Alex Allbritton led off the inning with a single before ultimately coming around to score on a throwing error, making the score 3-1. It would remain that way until the bottom of the seventh inning when New Mexico sent 12 men to the plate, including pinch hitter Chris Nunez. In all, the Lobos had six hits in the seventh inning in addition to two walks and an error. The Rebels would score three runs in the top of the eighth but it wasn't enough to overcome the Mountain West-leading Lobos.
Saturday's game is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT, before the series concludes on Sunday with a 12 p.m. PT start. UNLVrebels.com will provide a live audio stream for both games.