Rebels Handcuff Cougars
LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2010)—Reliever Brady Zuniga held BYU hitless through four innings with six strikeouts Thursday night to lead UNLV to a 12-6 victory.
Zuniga entered the game when it was tied 6-6 in the sixth and went on to post his fifth victory against no losses.
“He (Zuniga) commanded his fastball and had a hard sinker that ran in,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “We ended up striking out because we weren’t patient enough. It really closed the door and we didn’t have many quality at bats. We didn’t throw enough strikes and walked too many.“
Cougar Stephen Wells led off with a single in the fifth and worked around the bases on a sac bunt and fielder’s choice. Wells scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at six-all.
BYU got its first lead at 5-3 in the fourth inning when Dane Nielsen hit a two-run single. Nielsen scored that fifth run when Brandon Relf singled and he was later caught stealing to end the inning.
BYU scored its first run of the night when Bryce Ayoso drew a lead-off walk in the second. Ayoso advanced to third on a shortstop error which brought Sean McNaughton aboard. Jonathan Cluff singled in Ayoso as the Cougars were behind, 2-1.
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BYU falls to 19-24 overall and 6-10 in the Mountain West Conference, while UNLV improved to 25-19 and 9-7. The two teams look to tilt the balance of a series tied at 2-2 when they meet again Friday evening.