(Las Vegas, NV) – The Sacred Heart Baseball team fell to the UNLV Rebels in both ends of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, losing 9-2 in game one and 8-6 in a back-and-forth game two.
In the first game, John Muphy (Seymour, CT) forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk, but UNLV came back with three runs in the third. Scott Dysinger and Trent Cook knocked back-to-back groundball RBI singles and Ryan Scott drove in another with an RBI single. Cook added another RBI single in the fourth, as did Cash Thomas in the fifth. Brandan Bayardi broke the game open with a three-run homerun to left center in the sixth.
Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT) drove in SHU's second run with an RBI double to right in the fourth, while James Ineson (Milford, CT) and Nick Vig (Monroe, CT) combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
In game two, the Pioneers once again jumped to an early lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY). After UNLV tied the game in the third on an RBI double by Dysinger, but SHU retook the lead with a three-run fourth. Griffith began it with an RBI double to left, followed by an RBI double to left by Murphy and an RBI single to right by Greg DePalma (Wantagh, NY).
Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) cruised through four innings, but UNLV came back beginning with a fluke double by Danny Higa to right that Dave Boisture overran. That opened the door for the Rebels, and Trent Cook drove him home with an RBI single to center. Bayardi, then, drove another three-run homerun to left center to give UNLV a 5-4 lead.
Once again, the Pioneers rallied to retake the lead the next half-inning. Murphy tied the game with a two-out RBI single to left, and McEvoy game SHU a 6-5 lead with an RBI single to right. However, UNLV retook the lead in the sixth with two outs on an RBI double by Danny Higa, and RBI triple by Trevor Kirk, and an RBI single by Dysinger.
The Pioneers got the tying runs on in the seventh on consecutive singles by Steve Tedesco and Hunter Phillips, but Griffith's bid for a game-tying extra base hit was snared by a diving catch in left by Casey Sato.
The Pioneers go for the series split Sunday afternoon at 4:00 EST, with Kody Kerski (Watertown, CT) getting the start in the series finale.