Rebels Return the Favor, Shutout 'Dogs Sunday
April 6, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - For the third game in as many days a shutout was thrown at Beiden Field. On Sunday afternoon Rebels' Bryan Bonnell matched Fresno State Saturday starter Tim Borst's complete game shutout with one of his own to lead No. 25 UNLV past Fresno State 7-0. Behind a 6-0 win Friday night, and the Bulldogs' 2-0 win Saturday, UNLV secured the series two games to one.
UNLV starter Bonnell (4-2) held the Bulldogs to five hits and issued one walk, and the base on balls did not come until the ninth against Jordan Luplow when the game was already at-hand. Bonnell struck out four in the process and worked an efficient complete game shutout behind only 87 pitches.
Ironically, Chris Mariscal led off the day with a single up the middle to start the game off on a positive note for Fresno State. Taylor Tempel threw down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Mariscal into scoring position, but two groundouts followed and he was stranded at third base.
The Bulldogs would not make it into scoring position for the remainder of the game.
Jimmy Lambert (1-4) started for Fresno State. He allowed two base hits in the first, a single and a double, but managed to eliminate both base runners with two crafty pickoff moves to help himself out of the inning. Lambert then worked a perfect second frame against the Rebels's 4-5-6 hitters.
UNLV went in front in the third for good as they plated five runs off of four hits in what turned out to be a decisive third inning. After forcing a leadoff groundout, the Rebels drew a walk and followed it with four consecutive singles that led to three runs. Facing loaded bases with one out, one walk was issued for a run and the final run of the inning plated on a sacrifice fly.
The Rebels tacked on one more in the fifth against reliever Garrett Mundell. It was Mundell's first earned run allowed since Feb. 15 vs. UC Irvine.
Derick Velazquez closed the game for Fresno State. He entered in the sixth with two outs and retired nine consecutive batters. Velazquez allowed his first hit in the eighth. The Rebels led off with a double in the ninth against the right-hander that led to an earned run.
Fresno State closes out its five-game homestand Tuesday against Cal State Northridge at 6:35 p.m. The 'Dogs will be on the road for seven games after Tuesday's contest for their longest road-trip of the season that takes place during spring break.
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