Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
UNLV Handles Baseball, 15-7
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 07, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The UNLV baseball team exploded for 11 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 15-7 win over Arizona to even the three-game series 1-1 at Kindall Field on Saturday. The victory stopped a two-game losing streak for the Rebels and improved them to 20-28 on the year. The Wildcats dropped to 21-24 with the loss.


            UNLV opened the game with four runs on four hits in the first, with third baseman Braden Walker delivering the biggest blow with a two-out, three-run double to stake the Rebels to a 4-0 lead.


            After Arizona answered with one in the bottom of the first, the Rebels countered with five more runs on four hits and an Arizona error to extend their advantage to 9-1. Keith Smith and Albert Zerega both collected two-run singles in the frame, as UNLV sent 11 batters to the plate and forced UA starter Brad Mills from the game.


            UNLV then tacked on a pair of runs in the third for an 11-1 edge, and added two more in the sixth and one each in the eighth and ninth to win going away.


            The Rebels rapped out 19 hits off of five different Arizona pitchers. Leadoff hitter Ryan Borba and Smith each went 4 for 6 at the plate, with Borba collecting two RBI and a run scored, and Smith finishing with three runs driven in and four runs scored. Walker led all players with five RBI on the night after going 3 for 6 with a double and a triple.


            Rebel starter Efren Navarro Jr. (1-1) picked up his first win of the season. The left-hander gave up four runs on five hits over five innings of work. He struck out four and walked one. Mills (5-4) was charged with the loss after surrendering nine runs, six earned, on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.


            Arizona’s Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 16 straight games, finishing the night 1 for 5 with a RBI. Sophomore Colt Sedbrook hit his third home run of the season and went 2 for 3 with three RBI, while freshman Travis Peep chipped in with two hits in three at-bats and scored a pair of runs in the loss. Senior Brad Boyer went 3 for 5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for the Wildcats.


            Arizona and UNLV will meet up for the rubber game of the weekend series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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