May 1, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Lobos used a seventh-inning rally to try and make a comeback, but ended up falling short in a 8-4 loss to the Rebels.
The Lobos had trouble finding any offensive rhythm against UNLV's starting pitcher Max Javate, but were able to rally against the Rebels' bullpen once Javate exited the game. Javate shut the Lobos out for six innings, before UNM erupted for four runs in the seventh to close the Rebels lead to 6-4. Unfortunately, the Lobos' rally would fall short there, as the Rebels would hold on for the 8-4 win.
UNLV struck first in the game as Rebel's first baseman Trent Cook had an RBI groundout that brought home leadoff man Trevor Kirk. Kirk got on base with a single off Lobos' starting pitcher Richard Olson to start the inning.
The Lobos surrendered another run to the Rebels in the bottom of the third, when Kirk brought home Travis Feiner on an RBI groundout. After scoring the run, the Rebels owned a 2-0 lead after three innings of play.
In the fifth, UNM's Olson gave up a three-run bomb to UNLV's left fielder Rance Roundy, giving the Rebels a 5-0 lead. Olson stayed in the game after giving up the home run and would later be replaced by Austin House, after allowing six runs on nine hits over six innings of work.
UNLV's starter Javate took a one-hitter into the seventh before being replaced by Jesse Garcia, after hitting a batter and surrendering just his second hit on the day. On the afternoon, Javate lasted six innings, surrendering zero runs on just two hits while striking out three.
Garcia didn't fare as well as his predecessor did, surrendering four runs to the Lobos in the seventh. Garcia walked in two runs with the bases loaded, narrowing the Rebels lead to 6-2. Kyle 'Beep' Stiner and Alex Allbritton were credited with the RBIs after drawing the walks. Freshman first baseman DJ Peterson then singled to left field, scoring two more runs for the Lobos to cut the Rebels lead to 6-4 at the end of seven.
UNM gave up two more runs to the Rebels in the eighth and was not able to score itself in the final two innings, losing by a final score of 8-4.
"Going from Provo to Lubbock to Las Vegas is wearing the players out,” head coach Ray Birmingham said. "This is indicative of a hard schedule. That is why they call it ‘the grind’.”
With the loss, the Lobos fall to 13-32 (7-11, MWC) on the season.
The Lobos will come back home to Albuquerque to face Air Force in a three-game conference series beginning at noon MT on May 6, at Isotopes Park.