Rebels Drop 14-13 Heartbreaker To Lobos
April 28, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) -UNLV baseball (27-16, 11-10 Mountain West) lost a 14-13 heartbreaker to No. 24 New Mexico (27-16, 17-4) in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Lobo Field.
UNLV held a 13-7 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but UNM rallied to score six in the inning and won the game on a walk-off sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the 10th ending the game.
New Mexico opened the game scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and extended its lead to 4-0 after scoring one in the fourth. The Rebels battled back, scoring five runs in the sixth and top half of the seventh inning to lead 5-4.
The Lobos tied the game at five before UNLV hung its second crooked number in the scoring column, plating five runs in the eighth to take a 10-5 lead. UNM would rally, plating two in the home half of the eighth and UNLV added three more in the top of the ninth to give the Rebels a 13-7 advantage.
New Mexico needed a large rally to earn its 10th consecutive win and they achieved that by plating six runs in the bottom of the ninth, four of which came with two outs. The Lobos’ winning run in the 10th inning was their seventh unanswered score in final two innings.
UNLV’s bullpen was strong early on, after starter Kenny Oakley went down with an injury and left the game in the second inning. Brady Zuniga pitched 4.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits. Brayden Torres also pitched well allowing three runs on four hits.
Leading UNLV from the plate was Matt McCallister, who finished 3-for-4 with two RBI. Joey Armstrong (3-for-5), Justin Jones (3-for-6) and Mark Shannon (3-for-7) all finished with three hits in the loss. As a team, UNLV mirrored New Mexico’s hit total of 18.
The Rebels will return home to host five games in six days. UNLV will open with UC Riverside on Tuesday before resuming Mountain West play against Fresno State Friday through Sunday. The Rebels will wrap up their final homestand on Monday against San Diego.