TUCSON, Ariz. ?- UNLV broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with five runs on six hits in an 8-4 win over No. 10-ranked Arizona at Kindall Field on Tuesday. The loss, Arizona’s second straight, dropped the Wildcats to 14-7 on the year, while UNLV knocked off a ranked opponent for the second time this season to improve to 6-14.
Tied 3-3 after six innings, the Rebels led off the seventh with a pair of singles by pinch hitter Ryan Kowalski and CJ Lang. After JC Sibley flew out, Zeke Parraz broke the stalemate with a single to through the left side of the Arizona infield to score Kowalski from second for a 4-3 advantage and advance Lang to third.
Ryan Bird followed Justin Tellam’s foul out with a two-out bunt single towards third base to score Lang. The damage got worse on the play as a throwing error to first by reliever Sean Jarrett allowed Parraz to score all the way from first for a 7-3 lead and Bird to move up to third. Chris Bonnell capped off the inning with a run-scoring single in the next at bat for a five-run cushion.
Arizona cut the lead to four in the bottom of the frame on Trevor Crowe’s sac-fly, but the Wildcats went quietly in the eighth and ninth to extend UNLV’s winning streak to three straight games.
UNLV’s Matt Wagner (1-2) picked up his first victory of the year with 1 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up one unearned run on no hits with one walk and one strikeout. UA’s Jarrett (1-2) was charged with loss after surrendering all five runs in the seventh.
UNLV’s Bonnell led all players at the plate, going 2 for 2 with his first home run of the year, two RBI and two runs scored. Parraz (2 for 5, 2 R, RBI), Sibley (2 for 5, R) and Bird (2 for 3, R, 2 RBI) all finished with multiple hits for the Rebels.
Arizona’s Crowe finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. He led off the bottom of the first inning with an inside-the-park home run. Senior Jeff Van Houten (1 for 5) extended his hitting streak to 27 straight games with a single in the fifth inning.
UA will attempt to snap its modest two-game losing streak on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the two-game series finale against UNLV. Freshman David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.
UNLV knocked off sixth-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 25 ealier this season ... The Rebels are 3-1 against Pac-10 opponents this season after beating Cal two games to one last weekend and UA on Tuesday.