UNLV Baseball traveled to UC Riverside for a single game contest on Tuesday, taking the game 6-2 over the Highlanders.
Josh Sharman stepped up on the mound for the Rebels as starting pitcher. He would earn his first win of the season after pitching all 9 innings, only giving up two runs on six hits while throwing a career-high 11 strikeouts.
“Complete games are rare nowadays,” Sharman said. “But I competed as much as possible for as long as I could. The team got ahead early and we never looked back.”
The scarlet and gray would jump to an early 2-0 lead after Austin Kryszczuk hit his second home run of the season during his first at-bat. Diego Alarcon would later score after Edarian Williams hit a single up the middle.
The Rebels would extend the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third after Williams would hit his second home run of the season which would bring in Joey Walls and Henry “Hank” Zeisler.
In the top of the fourth, the Rebels would add their final run on the board after Diego Alarcon hit his third home run of the season.
Joey Nicolai would double to left field in the bottom of the sixth to put the Highlanders on the board with 2 runs.
Neither team scored again the remaining three innings, sealing the 6-2 victory for UNLV and improving their record to 13-8 on the season.
Edarian Williams was named Rebel of the Game after going 2-for-5 at the plate, scoring two runs, and had four RBIs.
“Our hitting was pretty good,” Williams said. “We could’ve hit better, I’d say the wind kinda killed us a little bit. I think we could’ve had 5 or 6 home runs.”
UNLV will hit the road to face the San Jose State Spartans in a three-game series before returning home to take on Arizona State University on Tuesday March 29, first pitch is set for 6:05 at the Las Vegas Ballpark.