Rebels Drop Regular-Season Home Finale
May 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team dropped its 2012 regular-season home finale Sunday afternoon, 11-7 to New Mexico in a Mountain West game at Wilson Stadium. It was a back-and-forth contest for most of the day until the Lobos blew the game open with five runs in the top of the ninth.
The loss went to UNLV starter Buddy Borden (1-5) after the right-hander lasted just an inning-and-a-third. Borden allowed four runs, all earned, while walking five and striking out two. Gera Sanchez (7-2) took the win for UNM, allowing five runs in seven innings pitched.
The Lobos (28-22, 14-6 MW) scored first for the third straight day, plating four runs in the top of the second. Trey Porras walked with one out before Kyle Stiner struck out looking. Erik Suarez followed with a walk before Michael Baca singled to bring home the Lobos first run of the day. Mitchell Garver followed with a double to left-center, scoring Stiner and making the score, 2-0. Following a walk to Ben Woodchick, D.J. Peterson singled to left, bringing home a pair of runs and making it 4-0 New Mexico.
The Rebels (23-29, 7-17 MW) got two back in the third after Scott Dysinger led off with a single and advanced to second on a bunt by Casey Sato. Back-to-back walks to Erik VanMeetren and Joey Swanner loaded the bases before Mark Shannon struck out looking. Now with two outs, the Rebels were in need of a big hit and they got it from Trent Cook. The senior found a hole on the right side, singling to right and bringing home both Dysinger and VanMeetren.
The Lobos and Rebels each scored a pair of runs in the fourth, making the score 6-4 after four innings. The score would remain that way until UNLV picked up a single run in the bottom of the seventh. VanMeetren led off the frame with a single to center and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Joey Swanner proceeded to ground out to second, effectively advancing VanMeetren to third. Mark Shannon followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring VanMeetren and making it a one-run game at 6-5.
The Lobos put the game out of reach in the ninth, however. Zack Hartman, who had pitched very well on the day, was finally burned on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ryan Padilla to left. The hit scored two runs and kept the inning alive for the Lobos. They scored five by the time the frame was over, making it 11-5, New Mexico.
The Rebels got two runs back in the ninth on a two-run homer by VanMeetren, but it wasn't enough as they dropped their regular-season home finale on Senior Day.
UNLV will conclude the regular season schedule next week at Sacramento State. Game one on Friday begins at 3 p.m. with games two and three each beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.