Holding a tenuous 11-10 lead after seven, UNLV extended its advantage with four runs on five hits in the eighth. The Rebels sent nine hitters to the plate in the frame and got run-scoring singles from Chad Miller and Ryan Bird, and a two-run double by Albert Zerega to push its lead to 15-10.
The Wildcats pulled within four on a two-out Jason Donald single in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t draw any closer to drop the rubber game of the weekend series.
Offensively, all nine Rebel starters finished with at least one hit in the game. Lang led all players, finishing a perfect 5 for 5 with a RBI on his solo homer and three runs scored. Miller chipped in with three hits and three RBI on the day, and Bird, Braden Walker, Zerega and Mike Cruz all finished with two hits in the win.
UNLV jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and re-took the lead at 9-6 with five runs in the third after
The Wildcats battled back with single runs in the third and fourth and pulled ahead at 10-9 in the fifth with a pair of runs on a Colt Sedbrook RBI single and a passed ball by Zergea.
Miller then hit a two-run homer off the reliever Mike Colla in the sixth to give UNLV its third and final lead of the day at 11-10.
Rebel reliever Ryan Tabor (3-4), who limited
UA’s Colla (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up Miller’s homer in the sixth.
Sedbrook, Donald, Glenn and Matt Denker all finished with three hits for