May 12, 2006
UNLV jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring four in the first and one in the second thanks to CJ Lang, who doubles in a run in both innings.
With two out and two on in the bottom of the fifth, the Rebels' Mike Cruz doubled to center, bringing home two runs. Ryan Kowalski followed with a single, driving in Cruz for an 8-5 lead.
McDonald and Dabbs rallied the Lobos again, starting the eighth with two consecutive singles. After Pacheco singled to load the bases, Russell reached on an error by Walker at third, allowing McDonald to score. Stovall drove in Dabbs and Pacheco with a single to center, tying the game at 8.
Pacheco was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Stovall was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored to lead New Mexico. McDonald and Dabbs were both 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Cruz was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Walker was 2-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored to lead UNLV.
Andes (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing two walks and two runs with a strikeout and no hits in 3 innings. Senior Jesse Perez got the start, going 5 innings for 11 hits, eight runs (six earned) and two walks. Jabe Beard (3-1) earned the win, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Kevin Skogley started for the Rebels, going 4.1 innings for seven hits, five runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
The Lobos (28-22, 10-7 MWC) and Rebels (22-28, 7-10 MWC) resume the series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. PT. Junior lefty Danny Ray Herrera (9-0, 2.26 ERA) is slated to pitch against fellow southpaw Efren Navarro (1-1, 7.07 ERA).