Rebels Downed By Lobos On Saturday
April 28, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - Faced with an early 11-0 deficit, the UNLV baseball team lost to New Mexico on Saturday evening by a score of 16-5. The Lobos used a nine-run outburst in the second inning to down the Rebels (20-23, 5-12 Mountain West) for a second straight day at Isotopes Park.
UNLV starting pitcher Zak Qualls (4-3) took the loss after being charged with eight runs, seven earned, on three hits in an inning-and-two-thirds of work. Lobos starter Josh Walker (6-2) earned the win after allowing five runs in eight innings pitched. UNLV and New Mexico will conclude their three game series Sunday with a scheduled start time of 12 p.m. PT.
New Mexico (25-19, 11-3 MW) got the scoring started in the first inning. Leadoff man Mitchell Garver reached safely on a throwing error by third baseman T.J. White, after which Ben Woodchick was hit by a pitch. Qualls then issued back-to-back walks to D.J. Peterson and Ryan Padilla, forcing home the Lobos' first run of the game. With the bases still loaded and nobody out, Josh Melindez lofted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Woodchick from third and making it 2-0 Lobos.
Qualls appeared to settle in during the second inning, retiring two of the first three hitters he faced. From there, however, things got rocky for UNLV. The next 10 Lobo batters reached base safely, eight of which came around to score. The biggest blow came on Melindez's two-out, three-RBI double. Upon the completion of the second frame, UNLV trailed New Mexico, 11-0.
The Rebels began to chip away in the third, however, plating four runs on three hits. Danny Higa and T.J. White opened the frame with back-to-back singles and would ultimately both come around to score. Freshman Joey Swanner also contributed a hit and a run scored in the inning while Mark Shannon provided the other Rebel run after being hit by a pitch.
UNLV would plate an additional run in the fourth after Trevor Kirk led off with a double. The Rebel rightfielder advanced to third on Casey Sato's bouncer to second and would later come around to score on Danny Higa's one-out double. That would conclude the scoring for UNLV, however, while the Lobos tacked on two additional runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to make the final score, 16-5.
Sophomore Buddy Borden will start for UNLV on Sunday, while New Mexico will counter with senior Gera Sanchez. The audio broadcast for the game will be streamed live on UNLVRebels.com.