LAS VEGAS, Nev. — UNLV scored its go-ahead eighth-inning run with the help of a West Virginia error to win 4-3 on Tuesday night, snapping the Mountaineers’ six-game winning streak.

The Rebels (11-4) remained unbeaten in nine home games by surviving a four-hit day from West Virginia center fielder Bobby Boyd. His two-out, two-strike single in the ninth extended the game before UNLV closer Brayden Torres came on and coaxed Billy Fleming’s groundout for his third save.

West Virginia (8-5), which has yet to play a home game, remains on the West Coast for a four-game series at Cal State Northridge beginning Thursday.

WVU pitchers combined for 10 walks, seven of those from first-time starter Michael Bennett, who gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He left with the score notched at 3-all, which is where the bullpen kept it until the bottom of the eighth.

That’s when UNLV benefited from the wildness of reliever Corey Walter (0-2), who threw 52 pitches in a three-inning stint.

Walter issued a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Joey Swanner before Matt McCallister’s grounder was booted by WVU shortstop Taylor Munden. After Walter wild-pitched both runners into scoring position, he walked Joey Armstrong to load the bases. That preceded Justin Jones’ drive to right-center, which Boyd tracked down with an acrobatic catch to turn what looked like an extra-base hit into a sac-fly.

Bennett walked the bases full in the first inning yet could have escaped unharmed if not for a defensive lapse—first baseman Ryan McBroom, second baseman Billy Fleming and right fielder Shaun Wood letting Morgan Stotts’ two-out pop-up fall for a two-run single.

UNLV starter Kenny Oakley, who went six innings but did not factor into the decision, gave up a single to Boyd in the third inning. After taking third on a throwing error, Boyd scored on McBroom’s single, his team-leading 18th RBI.

Boyd put the Mountaineers up 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth with a two-out, two-run double.

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Comments

  • Greg

    A whole lot of distractions in Vegas. Surprised they guys kept focused enough to keep it this close. Nice spring break trip Coach Mazey put together. A really good recruiting tool.

  • Chuck

    If you follow this team you know mazey did not pitch any of his weekend guys. These are pitchers that will not see many innings in big 12 play. This is what leaves his staff so strong on weekends. Bats overall have been slow so far but will come around. Good opportunity for wvu this weekend for some solid wins. Rpi going into the unlv game was mid 20s.

  • Aaron

    The cardinal rule of baseball is that walks and errors lead to runs. You can't give away base-runners and you most definitely cannot give away outs.

    It is heartening to know that with so many extended innings, this team fought to the end.

    Keep grinding it out and good things will come.

  • jay zoom

    the season is still young. they will do fine when conference play starts, that's where it really counts.

  • Rick55

    Still might be reason for optimism-- didn't get great starting or relief pitching, didn't field well when we had to, yet played close anyway and almost pulled it out against a real good team. Lets go beat Northridge. Go Mountaineers!!!