Rebels Fall To New Mexico On Saturday, 10-7
May 12, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team dropped a 10-7 decision to New Mexico Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West game at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Lobos got four runs over the final three innings to ultimately put the Rebels away and even the series at one game apiece.
Left-hander Rudy Jaramillo (5-3) earned the win for New Mexico after working five-and-two-thirds, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He struck out six and did not walk a man after coming on in favor of starter Josh Walker in the third. The loss went to Rebel left-hander Zak Qualls (4-5) after he allowed six runs in five innings. Qualls struck out three and walked one.
For the second straight day, New Mexico got the scoring started early, plating a pair of runs in the first. Mitchell Garver led off with a single to center and moved to second on a Ben Woodchick's single to left. D.J. Peterson followed with a booming, two-RBI double to left, give the Lobos an early 2-0 advantage.
UNLV answered right back in the bottom of the first. Leadoff man Joey Swanner reached on an error by shortstop Kyle Stiner and Mark Shannon followed with a double to left. Trevor Kirk followed a single to right, plating Swanner and Moving Shannon to third. Trent Cook then singled back through the box, bringing Shannon home and tying the game at two. With Kirk now at third, Danny Higa grounded back to the pitcher, bringing Kirk home and giving the Rebels their first lead of the day.
New Mexico came back with three runs of its own in the second on Mitchell Garver's three-run homerun to left-centerfield. It was one of two homers on the day for Garver and part of a four-hit afternoon.
The Rebels would score another run in the bottom of the second after Erik VanMeetren opened the frame with a double. VanMeetren would move to third on a single by T.J. White and ultimately score on a fielding error by rightfielder Ryan Padilla. The run made the score 5-4. The Lobos scored a single run in the fourth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and one more in the eighth. UNLV would get one more in the sixth and two in the eighth to make the final score, 10-7 in favor of New Mexico.
The Rebels and Lobos will conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. It will be UNLV's final home game of the season. The Rebels will send sophomore Buddy Borden to the hill, taking on Lobo senior Gera Sanchez.